Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Board of Behavioral Sciences, Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)-  License Number: 69923


Master's Degree in Social Work, University of Connecticut

Professional Associations

California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists


Bay Area Therapists Specializing in Adolescents (BATSA)


San Francisco Center for Psychoanalysis Member


Psychology Today







I have over a decade of experience promoting wellness in a variety of settings including day treatment centers, residential treatment centers, outpatient clinics, schools and hospitals.


Since 2007 I have been employed by the San Francisco Unified School District as a School Social Worker. In this role, I have worked in diverse communities and have collaborated with families and school staff to support social and emotional growth, resilience, and positive transformation in youth. Within the school setting, I have provided the following services and trainings to ensure that therapeutic and behavioral practices are effectively utilized not only in the therapy room but also in practical, everyday settings:


Individual and group therapy

Social and emotional learning

Teacher, principal and other school staff consultation

Workshop facilitation

Trauma informed practices

Restorative practices

Screening and assessment

Observations and behavior planning

Resource linkage and education

Parent coaching and education

Facilitating school based meetings (e.g. IEP, 504, SST meetings)


My therapeutic framework includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness Practices, Somatic Experiencing and Play Therapy

for children and adolescents.


Each person benefits from an individualized approach and during our initial session we will focus on you or your family’s goals and needs and together determine which approach will be most effective.  


Areas of Focus

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
Play Therapy

Solution Focused Therapy
Motivational Interviewing
Somatic Experiencing
Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) Certified



Trauma Informed Care for Professionals, Sam Himelstein, Ph.D


Introduction to Play Therapy & Playful Solutions to Serious Problems,  Growth Through Play Therapy

Mindful Schools Training,  Mindful Schools 

Introduction to Hakomi Method, Hakomi Institute of CA

CBT and Mindfulness, Richard Sears, Psy.D.

Beck Institute CBT for Depression, Judith Beck, Ph.D


Beck Institute CBT Course I,  Judith Beck, Ph.D


Depressed and Suicidal Clients, UC Berkeley


Advanced CBT for Depression and Anxiety, John Ludgate, Ph.D.


Motivational Interviewing and CBT, Shallimar Jones, Ph.D


Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Kaiser Permanente


Trauma in Children and Adolescents, Joyce Dorado, Ph.D


Trauma Focused Teacher Consultation, S.F. School Health


Improving Behavior and Social Skills, Eric Nach, Ph.D.


Grief and loss for children and families, Josie's Place