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Adults (18+) residing throughout California. Work with children and teens is through referral only.

  • High achievers navigating predominantly white institutions
  • First(s) in their family breaking intergenerational trauma
  • Therapists, healers, nurses, frontline workers wanting to explore their experiences and beliefs through a decolonizing lens
  • Individuals wanting to tend to their intimacy and religious guilt
  • First time trying therapy or wanting a more body based approach than Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Folks questioning and wanting to be in better relation to their identities
  • Filipino/a/x wanting to explore with someone who identifies with their culture
  • BIPOC femmes, thems, gender non-conforming, genderqueer, and LGBTQIA+ folks
  • Child of immigrants, 1st, 1.5, 2nd generation, and third culture kids trying to bridge their family values with their lived experiences

Book a consultation here. You’ll receive a video link to meet and receive reminders by email. 

Consultations usually last 10-15 minutes and are a chance for both of us to ask questions and get a sense of whether or not you want to try therapy with me.

A question I ask folks when we meet is: what’s bringing you to therapy right now? 

You can use that time to check in with how much you feel okay with sharing in that moment; there are no wrong answers.

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Who do you see? 

Individual adults (18YO+) residing throughout California. Currently only offering individual psychotherapy, no couples/polycules at this time.

Intimate groups for folx wanting to explore their softness and re-define sacrifice will be starting in January 2023. For more information please send an inquiry.

Are you seeing clients in person?

At this moment, services are provided through a secure video platform.

Company consultations and workshops may be offered virtually or in person. If you are interested in booking me please send an inquiry.

What are your fees?

  • 15 minute consultation call – complimentary

  • 50 minute session – $300

  • 75 minute sessions are offered by request

  • Sliding scale slots are currently full

The energetic exchange is reflected to help support sustainability for this work and to still be accessible for folx needing sliding scale. I am committed to being accessible to community. However, to maintain sustainability, there is a limited number of sliding scale slots available and they are currently filled.

Sliding scale is reserved for QTBIPoC folx, single parents, undocumented, or formerly incarcerated folx needing additional support as they navigate their healing in conjunction with the systems we are operating within. For more information or to be added to the waitlist, please feel free to send an inquiry.

For low-cost private pay therapy referrals, try Open Path Collective or Therapy Aid.

Do you accept insurance?

No insurance plans accepted at this time. Superbill can be provided to assist with possible reimbursement for OON benefits, but there is no guarantee of retrieval of reimbursement

What happens during consultation?

Upon booking a consultation, you’ll receive a consent for telehealth services as we will be meeting by video and a short questionnaire to share some information about yourself. Consultation calls usually last 10-15 minutes and are a chance for both of us to ask questions and get a sense of whether or not we want to try working together.

What if I don’t like you?

That’s okay! We are not for everyone and that is inclusive of you and me. If you are interested in referrals to other therapists or providers, happy to assist.

How long will I be in therapy for?

Each client has their own unique pace. We communicate about the pace as we go and your feedback is important. Some of my clients meet with me weekly for a few months on specific goals while others have been with me for years as our sessions continue to be apart of their self-care on a biweekly to monthly basis. It is difficult to set a standard number of sessions when working through trauma. The “quickness” of our pace doesn’t mean you are not “working hard enough.”

Do you give homework?

Sure, but like with anything in our work together, you always have a choice. You can try it, hate it, love it, never do it. An example of “homework” is try creating 5 intentional minutes in the morning for yourself. What do you notice? Was it easy, challenging?

What is your cancellation policy?

Life happens and it is also important for us to honor our time together. Barring an emergency, if an appointment is cancelled 24 hours or less it is the full session fee.

What do you mean by spirituality?

Personally, I do not see religion and spirituality to be the same thing. I define spirituality as the relationship an individual has with what nourishes their spirit. It may be a connection to God, universe, Spirit, or not. With that said, I am not here to impose my spiritual beliefs onto you. If folx practice a religion, it is welcome in our therapeutic space.

If you like astrology, will you chalk it up to mercury retrograde?

Lol and no. If you have no interest, astrology will never be brought up. If you have an interest in astrology, it is welcome in our therapeutic space. I may utilize astrology as a way to relate to concepts. For example placements in the 3rd house can help with noticing patterns to be mindful of and how it might come up a bit more during mercury retrograde. So we can work together on setting boundaries and being clear on how we communicate our needs. What I will never do is chalk up a traumatic experience as it being because you’re a Capricorn. I am not a professional astrologer and can recommend you to one if you are interested.