It's not easy to ask for help.
Therapy is a relationship and a collaborative process; one that allows you to gain new perspectives in life and helps you move forward.
Whether you've been in therapy before, or this will be your first time; it is important to feel safe and comfortable enough to talk about things that are causing distress to yourself, or to your family.
Are you experiencing life changes, decisions, challenges, trauma, illnesses, or disabilities? Are you looking for a way to cope with anxiety or depression, grief or loss? During the pandemic, almost no one has escaped ambiguous loss. Do you have nightmares, trouble sleeping, or do you eat too little or too much?
Or you may be just plain stressed out. All the time.
Change happens when there is a good mutual connection between client and therapist.
Within the therapeutic process, we will build trust through a collaborative relationship. In this process, it is possible to find emotional balance, learn, develop and feel empowered to make choices that will allow you to make satisfying positive changes in your life.
LMFT, ATR-BC, MA
As a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and Art Therapist and Board Certified Art Therapist practicing in the San Francisco Bay Area, my focus is on helping you to find emotional outlets, create support systems, and gain insight into what has been creating depression or anxiety or other disorder in your life, or in the life of your teen or pre-teen. I am trained in a wide range of therapeutic approaches, and will tailor our sessions to meet your individual needs.
I treat individuals and families; teens, transition-age youth (18-24), and adults. My clinical approaches include Neurodevelopmental Art Therapy (NDAT) with techniques for dealing with developmental and relational trauma, Mindfulness-Based Art Therapy (MBAT) with breathing and meditation techniques, and the metaphor-based Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) which involves learning how to be psychologically flexible, and changing one's relationship to the anxiety, depression, grief, loss, ambiguous loss, and trauma that are an inevitable part of life. I also teach mindful self-compassion which is strongly predictive of well-being, and lower levels of anxiety and depression. The emotional right brain is dominant in all forms of psychotherapy which is especially true in child and adolescent therapies. In the age of COVID, learning resilience and self-compassion are key components on the path to mental, physical, and emotional wellness.
I also incorporate art making, journaling, mindful awareness, guided imagery, and other creative coping skills designed to empower you beyond the therapy session. No artistic talent is needed to participate in Art Therapy, only a willingness to suspend self-criticism and judgment, and to trust your own intuition.
Periodically I provide art therapy trainings to staff and interns at Sunnyvale Behavioral Health, a satellite clinic of the Santa Clara Valley Health & Hospital System. I am also a substitute group supervisor at the Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC) in Mountain View, where I did my 4-yr practicum and internship in-agency and in district schools.
Currently a board member of Arts Unity Movement (AUM), a non-profit that promotes wellness and healing through the transformative power of the expressive and performing arts. I am also a recent past president of the Northern California Art Therapy Association (NorCATA). I am active with the California Art Therapy Advocacy Initiative (CATAI) whose goal is to increase advocacy efforts to increase visibility and demonstrate the value and efficacy of art therapy on a statewide level.
I am honored to provide free workshops through the San Jose non-profit organization Sunday Friends in San Jose on the topics of parenting and art therapy. Sunday Friends empowers families to break the generational cycle of poverty by fostering positive development in children while educating and guiding parents to support their children's life success.
Marriage & Family Therapist
MFT Lic #81558
CA Board of Behavioral Sciences, August 2014 - present
Registered and Board Certified Art Therapist
Art Therapy Credentials Board (ATCB)
Notre Dame de Namur University. Belmont, CA
MA, Marital and Family Therapy, and Art Therapy Psychology
NOTE: As of late 2021, The NDNU Art Therapy programs are now the Dominican University Art Therapy Graduate Programs
Past President and Treasurer - Northern California Art Therapy Association (NorCATA), a chapter of the American Art Therapy Association (AATA)
Clinical Member - American Art Therapy Association (AATA)
Clinical Member - California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists (CAMFT)
Clinical Member -- Silicon Valley Chapter - SCV-CAMFT
Self-Esteem / Body Image
Responding to Bullying Issues
Reaction to parental separation / divorce
Individuals: Teens 12+, and Adults
Sexual Assault, Abuse or Other Trauma
ADD / ADHD
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Grief and Loss
Obsessions and/or Compulsions
Addictions (including screen addictions)
Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE)
Parents, Couples, and Families
Family Conflict Resolution
Separation and Divorce
Grief and Loss
Art making is an ancient form of healing: It is the process of making art that is transformative and healing.
Art therapy deepens the therapeutic process by going beyond spoken language, revealing metaphors and images, which may clarify emotions and experiences.
Mindfulness-based art therapy (MBAT) connects the imagination to the body and allows the expression of feelings that can't be expressed verbally.
Creative Journaling uses both images and words. It activates both sides of the brain: the verbal, linear, logical left brain and the visual, emotional, spiritual non-verbal right brain.
ACT combines the use of acceptance of stressors in our lives and mindfulness strategies mixed in different ways with commitment and behavior-change strategies that can increase psychological and emotional flexibility.
Having self-compassion means being able to relate to ourselves in a way that’s forgiving, accepting, and loving when situations might be less than optimal.
It is comprised of three separate constructs: Self-kindness, Common Humanity, and Mindfulness
SAMHSA’s Disaster Distress Helpline provides 24/7, 365-day-a-year crisis counseling and support to people experiencing emotional distress related to natural or human-caused disasters such as COVID-19.
Call or Text 9-1-1. Ask for a Crisis Intervention Trained (CIT) officer or go to your nearest hospital emergency room if you can safely get there.
NAMI Crisis Info & Suicide Prevention
Crisis Text Line Text "HOME" to 741741
Rape Trauma Services 650-692-7273
Suicide Prevention Hotline 800-273-TALK or 8255
Star Vista also has a suicide hotline: 650-579-0350
- Onyourmind is a StarVista program that is a safe, anonymous chatroom for teens to talk about relationships, school, depression, stress, suicide, friends, parents, cutting, identity, etc. Hours are 3:30pm - 7:30pm M-Th only.
A Guide to Sleeping With Coronavirus Anxiety
Anxiety and Depression Association of America
Tell Me About Depression - National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
Bipolar Disorder - 4 types - National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Teen Depression - Mayo Clinic
Facts About Teen Depression - WebMD
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction classes (MBSR)
Stanford Center for Integrative Medicine
Dr. Mark Abrahamson
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
International OCD Foundation
Abel Grebenik, MA
Child Behavior Consultant
Ziba Taghipour, MFT
Los Altos and Los Gatos
Book by Krissy Pozatek, LICSW:
The Parallel Process: Growing Alongside Your Adolescent or Young Adult Child in Treatment
Parenting Teens and Young Adults - Child Mind Institute
Outlet - Adolescent Counseling Services (ACS)
Founded in 1997, Outlet empowers Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Questioning (LGBTQQ+) youth and builds safe and accepting communities through support, education, and advocacy. Outlet envisions a world that embraces, empowers, and celebrates LGBTQQ+ youth. Outlet officially became a program of ACS in 2013.
CORA - Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse
24 hour hotline: 800.300.1080
Legal advice line: 650-259-1855
Get Help With Your Addiction
Treatment and Drug Rehab for Teens
Alcohol Treatment Program for Teens
The Recovery Village
See also Understanding Addiction and Paths to Recovery
Alcohol Rehab Guide - Support Options
Psychological Effects of Alcoholism
Effects of Nicotine on the Brain
Educational Counseling and Planning
The Bodin Group Educational & Therapeutic Consultants
Los Altos, CA
McClure, Mallory, Baron & Ross Educational Counseling & Planning
Dr. Trudy A. Hartman
800 Menlo Ave Ste 120, Menlo Park, CA 94025
Dr. Wesley Dunn
345 Lorton Ave #104, Burlingame, CA 94010
Dr. Deval Shah
518 Hamilton Ave, Palo Alto, CA 94301
Dr. Sara Cheyette
Sutter-PAMF San Carlos: (650) 596-4000
Sutter-PAMF Palo Alto: (650) 853-2992
Sutter-PAMF San Mateo: (650) 343-4200
Executive Functioning / Processing Skills / ADD / ADHD
Learning Efficiency Leap 3.0
National Center for Learning Disabilities
Learning Disabilities Online
Neuropsychology and Educational Testing
Westerfield Psychological Assessment
Morrissey-Compton Educational Center, Inc.
The Pratt Center
Nancy E. Sullivan, Ph.D.
NEAT - Neuropsychology - Education - Assessment - Treatment
340 Second Street, Suite 14
Los Altos, CA 94022
1733 Woodside Road, Ste 230
Redwood City, CA. 94061
Child Mind Institute: Resources for parents during COVID-19, including report on Telehealth
Parents Helping Parents is a family resource center for children with special needs (mental, physical, emotional, or learning disabilities). They have groups that meet to discuss a wide range of relevant issues.
Resources for parents offered by the American Psychological Association
California Department of Education
500 Ways Busy Parents can Help their Children Succeed in School
Due to Covid-19, I am providing art therapy and other psychotherapy services via Telehealth and by phone until further notice.
303 Twin Dolphin Drive, Suite 600
Redwood City, CA 94065