As far back as I can remember I’ve been fascinated by the experience of being alive. My life-path has been inspired by questions, rooted in my personal struggles, about the purpose and meaning of human life, the role of suffering, formative relationships and cultural conditioning, and what it means to live a life of integrity, love, freedom, creativity and service.
With this passion for the human experience, I started my career-path studying cultural anthropology at Yale University. I went on to get an M.A. in international relations from Columbia University’s School of International And Public Affairs. I spent time working in different capacities with indigenous populations in Asia and Latin America, where I was raised, and later worked as a journalist in both New York City and Caracas.
In 2004 I moved to San Francisco to get an M.A. in psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies, an institution of higher-learning that integrates eastern and western approaches to psycho-spiritual understanding.
I completed two years of graduate training and practice in psychodynamic and relational psychotherapy at the Integral Counseling Center at Pierce Street in San Francisco, and an additional three years of post-graduate training at The Marina Counseling Center and The University of San Francisco’s Center For Child and Family Development. I have also been influenced by mindfulness and body-based awareness practices throughout my professional training.
I am a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT), and the Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology (NCSPP).
I love the work I do and feel privileged to do it.