My Approach

Counseling Santa Cruz

Psychotherapy is effective when folks feel safe enough to be open about their most tender and vulnerable parts and their experiences. It’s my honor and my goal to provide a safe and competent therapeutic counseling to the Santa Cruz community.

Present-centered mindfulness is the foundation of my approach. We only live in this present moment. Of course we learn from the past and plan for the future, but we are living now. Our present actions, thoughts and feelings are, to a large degree, choices. By practicing present-centered mindfulness, we become more skilled in choosing to be the person we aspire to be.

I provide EMDR Therapy. Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. EMDR is also effective for

  • Panic Attacks
  • Complicated Grief
  • Dissociative Disorders
  • Disturbing Memories
  • Phobias
  • Performance Anxiety
  • Stress Reduction
  • Addiction
  • Depression


I am trained in several theoretical and applied methodologies, bringing my presence and expertise to every session and presenting issue. In general, I think like a depth psychologist. I welcome questions about psychotherapy and how counseling works– so please ask.