ABOUT MY WORK

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 formally 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, grief, and chronic conditions

 

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 cultural experience. I am engaged in internal and external work to unlearn internalized white supremacy and oppression that has limited myself, what I have to offer and what I can receive. 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.

  • 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.

  • TPATH Member (Transgender Professionals 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.

What are your Consultation fees?

Consultation for mental health professionals is $180/55 minutes, with sliding scale.

Consultation for individuals and families to provide guidance on developing a plan and team for care is $300 for first session (60 minutes), which includes paperwork, summary and referrals as needed. Following consultations are $250/ (50 minutes), which includes summary and additional referrals if needed.

 

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, if you do not have other insurance.

  • Contact me about no-cost sessions for letters for adults.

  • Contact me for no-cost to low-cost sessions (limited) for folks experiencing loss in CZU fire.

  • 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 Ivy Pay (HIPAA compliant paymentsystem)

Do you provide telehealth?

That's all I do during COVID, and I will continue to provide Telehealth as an option. I use a HIPAA compliant Zoom platform. I can also communicate without video with either phone or through Zoom, with video turned off. We can also communicate via Zoom chat without using voice. I can only provide Telehealth in the state of California.

Are your offices accessible?

  • Language: I speak only English.

  • ADA: Office and bathroom are ADA accesible. 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 my office complex. The attached Museum of Art and History has  an all-gender, multi-stall bathroom that we may use 10-8.

 

 

 831-824-4637

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