Who do you work with?

I work with children, teens, and adults who find themselves “out-of-the-box” in one way or another, and with people who are looking for somatic and touch psychotherapy.


What do you mean by “out-of-the-box”?

It depends on the person. I see a lot of transgender and non-binary youth and adults and a lot of autistic or otherwise neurodivergent people, many of whom were never officially diagnosed. I often work with people who are open and creative in their sexuality and relationships.


What is somatic psychotherapy?

Somatic therapy attends to the connection between thoughts, feelings, and physical acts and sensations, and integrates this with verbal strategies. Somatic work involves the development of new physical practices to support changes you want in your life.  Touch psychotherapy involves attentive and therapeutic touch that is integrated with psychological process and is done while client is fully clothed. My clients are often surprised by how much their bodies can tell them, and how much they can renegotiate old patterns when they listen to their bodies. This listening may develop through my verbal and touch guidance toward deepening awareness and through mindful dialogue with the body.


Who do you provide consultation for?

I provide consultation to psychotherapists, educators and health providers in the areas of:

  • autism spectrum and neurodiversity

  • transgender and gender non-binary issues

  • somatic strategies for working with trauma, anxiety, depression and grief, and with neurodivergent and trans people


How do you work with clients?

First, I work to help clients feel welcome and safe. We explore together what makes you feel more comfortable in the room and with me, and then make these adjustments.


Second, I work collaboratively with clients to develop physical and psychological investigations to elicit from the body and mind guidance, knowledge, healing and growth. I was trained as a scientist and I consider life a journey full of experimental opportunities. Some of the experiments are internal (e.g., “What is the body part trying to say?), and some are external, (e.g., What would happen if you tried a particular change in activity in the next week?) With children, this exploration is a normal part of play, and involves making a change in play or in caregiving.


Third, I collaborate with you and your team in times of high stress. Sometimes things get really hard. I find out who’s on your team, and who might be added. I watch for signs of danger, support self-care, and talk with team members with the permission of clients and in emergencies, so that the people I serve get the best possible support through rough times.

About privilege, oppression & disclosure

I am genderqueer and autistic. Even if I share some of my identities with a client, I cannot fully know another’s experience, and it is my my job and my desire to listen deeply to your individual and community experience. Living with and loving people with visible and invisible oppressed identities teaches me a lot about privilege, oppression, support, community and cultural humility, as does ongoing study and dialogue . I welcome all conversations regarding my privilege and how it affects our work.


What is your training?


  • M.A. in Counseling Psychology,  JFK University. While at JFKU, most of my papers were about somatic approaches to therapy or neurodiversity. My final project was published here.

  • M.S. in Energy & Resources, U.C. Berkeley 

  • B.S. in Geology, Trinity University (for those who wonder about all the rocks in my office)


Where did you do your internship?

  • Family Services Agency, Santa Cruz: youth and adults, Intern of the Year

  • Hospice of Santa Cruz County, grief counseling mostly with children

  • JFKU Sunnyvale Counseling Center, middle school and community clinic

What is Your Somatic Training?

  • Extensive hands-on training (over 500 hours) in somatic therapies, developing skills in therapeutic awareness touch, body tracking & movement work.

  • 3 + years with Bill Bowen in Psycho-physical Therapy and Somatic Resourcing.

  • 4 + years with Kathy Kain and Stephen Terrell in Somatic Experiencing-based Touch Psychotherapy for Acute and Developmental Trauma.

  • Ongoing Master Classes and seminars and participation in the U.S. Association of Body Psychotherapists.


What is Your Neurodiversity Training?

  • Neurodiversity Training developed by Nick Walker for the Zur Institute.

  • Sensory processing and trauma training with Ana do Valle.

  • Attended Social Thinking conferences and volunteered at the Pediatric Therapy Center to gain exposure to existing educational and occupational therapy strategies for sensory processing and communication.

  • Consult with autistic and  neurodiversity advocates and professionals regarding respectful best practices.

Note: I do not use Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) with any of my clients.. I may work with clients on behavioral goals when these are initiated by the client and when the strategies for changing patterns or improving abilities are respectful, affirming, and collaboratively developed.


What is your Transgender/Gender Non-Binary Training?

  • Regular participation in local and regional gender specialist consulting groups.

  • WPATH Member (World Professional Association for Transgender Health)

  • Annual Conference Participation: both adult and youth-focused

What are your fees?

My fees are $180/55 minutes, $240/80 minutes.


Do you take insurance?

  • I provide several slots for MediCal/ Beacon insurance in Santa Cruz. These tend to be full, but ask.

  • I provide several slots for UCSC students on  Anthem Blue Cross, with which I have an out-of-network agreement.

  • Some insurance plans will reimburse subscribers for out-of-network providers. Check with your insurance company. I can provide a superbill for you to submit to the insurer.


How can I pay you?

Cash, check, or paypal account.

Are your offices accessible?

  • Language: I speak only English.

  • ADA: Both offices, and their bathrooms are ADA accessible. Please let me know of your needs so that I can give directions to curbcuts and ramps.

  • Gender: We do not have all gender bathrooms at either office. I have communicated with those who share the bathrooms at my office locations to increase support of transgender and non-binary people —including myself! In Santa Cruz the attached Museum of Art and History has  an all-gender, multi-stall bathroom on the 2nd floor that we may use 10-8 (museum hours). Check with me first for pass into museum.




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