Welcome to my practice.
In my experience, an effective therapy weaves past and present. I use a relational psychodynamic approach, which means that while we address immediate concerns, we might also give consideration to how past experiences may be contributing to present-day hardships and barriers. I listen to both ‘the now,’ as well as what is ‘just under the surface,’ with the hope that as we better understand certain assumptions, beliefs and expectations, we might use this insight to become a more informed guide of of own lives. In the context of respectful and supportive therapy, we not only have the opportunity to recognize old inhibiting patterns, but to try something new and to create a life that more fully resonates with you.
I am a Licensed Psychotherapist (Clinical Social Work License No. 71159) and a Clinical Consultant. Having obtained my Bachelor of Arts from the University of Chicago, I received a Master's of Social Work from Smith College School for Social Work. I completed a Post-MSW Fellowship at UC-Berkeley, and received advanced training in relational psychodynamic psychotherapy at The Psychotherapy Institute in Berkeley, California. I am also an educator and have taught classes at Mills College, Smith College, The Psychotherapy Institute, ACCESS Institute, Women’s Therapy Center and California Institute for Integral Studies.
As a therapist, I believe individuals learn from a multitude of sources. Using a new frame to look at something old can lead to a different type of encounter, resulting in new, sometimes unanticipated, understandings. In my writing, I am keen to explore how clinical work can benefit, deepen and improve from interdisciplinary considerations and the wisdom of creative processes offered by critical theory, fiction/storytelling, as well as visual arts (to name just a few).
Jamali, A. Mendez, T. “Know Whence You Came:” Psychoanalytic Theory, Queer Theory and Mixed-Race Experience. Psychoanalytic Social Work (2019).
International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy.
National Association of Social Workers.
Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychology.
The Psychotherapy Institute.