I hold a Masters in Somatic Psychology from the California Institute
of Integral Studies, as well as a Masters in Special Education from
Germany. I have worked in many fields, settings and roles that
influence my work and who I am, including parent counselor and special
education teacher as well as a brief adventure as a flight
attendant. Born and raised in Germany, I settled in the beautiful Bay
Area in my early thirties.
I began my clinical training at the Center for Somatic Psychotherapy,
a counseling center affiliated with the California Institute of
Integral Studies. My work as a therapist is deeply grounded in somatic
and psychodynamic thinking as well as attachment theory and
neuroscience. My experience as a yoga practitioner and teacher has led
me to the path of somatic psychotherapy and deeply informs my work. I
love to geek out about the power of breath. I am devoted to my own
personal and professional growth, and attend trainings and workshops
regularly. I am an MFT Associate in private practice with the Center
for Mindful Psychotherapy.
I am grateful my journey has led me here.
“What we do in psychotherapy is to constantly work at deep levels with the body, with emotions, and
with many different elements of memory, to help people make sense of their inner worlds and their
-Daniel Siegel in “Healing Trauma”,
If you want to understand or change the way you relate to yourself,
your story and those you love, if you want to feel at ease, strong,
and secure inside, and if you wonder if that is even possible, then we
could be a great match. I believe that sustainable change happens from
the inside, and that you have the innate capacity to create this change. I
enjoy supporting my clients’ curiosity to uncover and explore what
contributes to who they are and how they connect with people in
I work especially well with and have tools for people who struggle with
traumatic experiences, troubled upbringing, grief and loss, and anxiety.
I am a somatic psychotherapist. First and foremost that means I honor
the connections between body, intellect, and spirit while seeing
people inside their social context and background. That might take
different shapes in session. We might move and be more experiential,
or we might “just talk”, depending on your needs and level of
comfort. I will often direct your attention to physical sensations and
sooner or later might ask you: “Where do you feel that in your body?”.
My work is trauma informed, inspired by various somatic and
experiential approaches such as Hakomi, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy,
and Mindfulness. Additionally I am an EMDR practitioner.
My style is gentle and joyful, and I also fiercely welcome the dark
side that is in all of us. My clients appreciate my genuine, open, and
caring demeanor and I always strive to create an environment in which
you can feel safe, seen, and heard. Sessions involve an invitation to
explore what is happening in the here and now which often presents an
opening to the past. I firmly believe healing happens in the present
moment through connection with others.
I have deep respect for and experience with the diversity this world has to offer. This includes people of color, various cultural or social backgrounds as well as different expressions of gender and sexuality.
I wish you all the best and am looking forward to connecting with you at another time.
I know how hard reaching out and finding the right fit can be. For a
free phone consult, call me at 415-371-9467 or email me at
firstname.lastname@example.org and we can discuss your interest in therapy
and you can get a feel for how our sessions might go. We can also
discuss scheduling, and address any basic procedural and logistical
questions you might have.
The initial meeting is an opportunity to get to know each other and
discuss your needs, and for me to gather relevant information
regarding your concerns and interests. If we decide we are not a fit,
I will offer support in getting appropriate referrals to meet your
You can also fill out the form below to get in touch:
My office is located at 414 Gough St in Hayes Valley.