My Approach to Helping You:
I start with a comprehensive and careful evaluation and assessment. This means I spend at least 2 hours reviewing your history and experiences in depth to better understand your background, experiences, and goals.
I believe in responsive, timely, and customized care. You can expect sessions to start and end on time. You can easily reach me through a secure messaging portal, and you will receive prompt responses to any concerns or questions.
I believe in personalized and high-quality care. Your treatment plan will be designed to fit your specific circumstances, goals, and values, using the most beneficial and advanced interventions available.
I work in a non-judgmental and collaborative manner. I listen to your concerns with compassion and care, and I aim to build a trusting and honest relationship with you.
I enjoy working with individuals from many backgrounds, and my areas of focus include:
Depression and Anxiety
Relationship Issues and Life Transitions
Attention issues and ADHD
Concerns that may not fit a clear diagnosis
My goal is to help all my patients navigate the unique challenges and experiences they face throughout their lives. These may include:
Education and Work-Related Stress
Meaning and Purpose
Grief and Loss
Immigration and Acculturation
Issues related to Reproductive and Maternal Mental Health (including infertility, menopause, pregnancy, and menstrual cycles)
My Approach to Therapy:
In therapy, we will work together to help you create a more authentic and fulfilling life, expand your understanding of yourself, and free you from habituated ways of being. I have specialized training in various modalities including:
I believe that regardless of modality, the most important aspect of therapy is the relationship we build and that therapy must be individualized and collaborative to be effective. My priority is to create a safe and compassionate space for you to explore your thoughts and feelings, and to support you as you navigate life's challenges.
My Approach to Medication:
When used thoughtfully, medications can be a valuable part of a comprehensive treatment plan. If I think medications can be helpful, I’ll recommend the most beneficial and up-to-date interventions at the lowest dosages effective for you. We'll work together to explore all of the available options, and I’ll provide clear explanations to help you make an informed decision that best suits your needs.
If you are already in therapy and you are seeking guidance for pharmacotherapy alone, I am happy to collaborate with your therapist to manage your medications.
Stanford University School of Medicine - Residency Training in Psychiatry
Councilor at Large - Northern California Psychiatric Society (Past Stanford Resident Co-Councilor)
WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) Support Group Facilitator for Postdoctoral Fellows - Stanford University
Psychotherapy Fellowship Year - San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis
TEAM-CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) Longitudinal Training Seminar - Palo Alto University
Respected Colleague Leader - Chosen by colleagues at Stanford as someone they “like and trust the most, personally and professionally”
Co-Founder of the Chair’s Special Initiative on Mentorship (MIDI Program) - Stanford Department of Psychiatry
University of California San Diego School of Medicine - Combined B.A./M.D. (Magna cum laude)
Medical Scholar Program - 8 year B.A./M.D. Program with UCSD School of Medicine
Department of Psychiatry Senior Award - awarded yearly to one outstanding senior medical student from the graduating class
MSTAR Scholar - sponsored by the National Institute on Aging to conduct research on aging and mental health
AAGP Scholar - American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry
Rock climbing, performing chamber music, salsa dancing, hiking the Bay Area with my family, and teaching my dog new tricks.