Training & Education

  • California Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist #93170 (2016)

  • Certified Clinical Supervisor: California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists (2019)

  • MA in Integral Counseling Psychology: California Institute of Integral Studies (2013)

  • PhD in Psychology with a Specialization in Consciousness, Spirituality, and Integrative Health: Saybrook University (In Progress)

I completed my MA in Integral Counseling Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies in 2013. While in school, I served as the SF Crisis Services Manager for The Trevor Project, a nonprofit organization that provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services for LGBTQ+* youth across the country. I completed a clinical traineeship at Queer LifeSpace in the Castro and a 2-year internship providing Restorative Justice counseling and case management for youth on probation in the East Bay.

Before starting my private practice in 2017, I interned for 2 years with Dino Di Donato at the Market St. Center for Psychotherapy. During that time, I also began advanced clinical training in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Since 2014, I have attended many workshops, trainings, and conferences focused on learning and practicing ACT. Starting in 2017, I committed to a year of weekly consultation with Dr. Robyn Walser, an internationally renowned ACT trainer. Since early 2019, I have been meeting monthly with an ACT peer consultation group in Berkeley.

I am currently a doctoral student at Saybrook University, working on my PhD in Psychology with a specialization in Consciousness, Spirituality, and Integrative Health. My academic interests are in Existential-Phenomenology, Buddhist Psychology, Mind-Body Healing, Minority Stress Theory, LGBTQ+ resilience, and post-traumatic growth.

I am also a Certified Clinical Supervisor by the California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists. I volunteered for a year as a clinical supervisor for student therapists at Queer LifeSpace in SF and the Pacific Center for Human Growth in Berkeley. Both of these are nonprofit agencies that provide sliding scale therapy services for the Bay Area’s LGBTQ+ communities. I currently supervise two interns in my private practice.

Prior to my education as a therapist, I worked in advocacy and direct services with LGBTQ+ communities for more than a decade. I served as Co-Director of the National Equality March on Washington in 2009. This grassroots mobilization demanded full federal LGBTQ+ equality and sped up the timeline for the passage of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. In 2010, I co-founded GetEQUAL, a nonprofit activist organization that worked to hold elected officials accountable for their broken promises on LGBTQ+ civil rights and protections. Our early work contributed to efforts to repeal the military’s discriminatory Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy.

*Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and others who identify as gender or sexual minorities

Publications

Understanding Child and Adolescent Grief: Supporting Loss and Facilitating Growth
Edited by Carrie Arnold; Published by Routledge, 2017

This edited volume incorporates theory, clinical applications, case studies, and current research on contemporary models of grief pertaining to children and adolescents. The integration of developmental perspectives, attachment theory, and neurobiological implications provides a thorough summary of the many factors that can affect a child's growth and development and the subsequent influence on grief expression. I authored a chapter in this volume dealing with loss and resilience in the lives of gender and sexual minority youth.

Mindfulness and Acceptance for Gender and Sexual Minorities: A Clinician's Guide to Fostering Compassion, Connection and Equality Using Contextual Strategies
Edited by Matthew Skinta and Aisling Curtin; Published by New Harbinger, 2016

Gender and sexual minorities face unique concerns and, according to research, are more likely to want and seek therapeutic help due to greater levels of psychological distress. This edited volume offers practical strategies for clinicians within a contextual behavioral science framework, including mindfulness and acceptance-based interventions, compassion-focused therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, relational frame theory, and more. I co-authored a chapter with Matthew Skinta about mindful activism and supporting activists who are experiencing burnout.