"...the more I listen, the more I understand the interconnectedness of the world, and my place in it, my insignificance, my wholeness, our collective potential and beauty."
-adrienne maree brown
I support holistic therapy grounded in cultural humility and an understanding that our lived identities and ancestral lineages greatly impact our struggles and paths to wellness. The personal is political, and our psyches are impacted by the discord and injustices surrounding us. Tending to ourselves empowers us to more positively evolve our relationships, communities, and world.
As a therapist, I see myself as a collaborator in an unfolding process of collective liberation. I come to this career path with personal experiences struggling with depression, anxiety, and trauma. I understand the immense healing potential therapy offers, as it strengthens one's ability to connect to their sense of purpose, belonging, and resilience–keys for mental health and wellness.
I also know that many psychological institutions and mental healthcare providers have historically and continually perpetuated harm, especially against BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ populations. I am passionate about serving people from diverse backgrounds who have been oppressed within their social contexts. My hope is to contribute to making transformative healing accessible and welcoming.
Why "12th house"?
In astrology, there are 12 different houses which represent various aspects and areas of our lives. The 12th house signifies the subconscious mind, the collective unconscious, and the shadow realm.
Secrets, hidden forces, self-undoing, isolation, vulnerability, and barriers to freedom are signified here. The 12th house also represents dreams, intuition, instincts, the psyche, the spiritual realm, mysticism, inspiration, transcendence and transformation.
I identify with the 12th house through my astrological birth chart. With my Sun in the 12th house, I am called to illuminate the topics listed above with passion and creativity. I approach this work with an introspective nature and an interest in spirituality, archetypes, and consciousness.
I was born and raised in the Bay Area. My background includes being raised by an immigrant mother and a biracial father with a tight-knit, extended multicultural and multiracial family. I identify as a multiracial/mestiza woman of color. I believe that gender is not binary and sexuality is fluid.
Outside of my family of origin, I've found my home and chosen family through participation in DIY & QTPOC arts, music, and activism communities. The Girls Rock Camp movement has been one major passion of mine, and uplifting voices of young activists and creators is especially important to me.
Nature and music are my greatest passions and interests outside (and sometimes within) the work that I do. I believe that forests, deserts, beaches, dance floors, mosh-pits, and karaoke lounges are all sites where healing takes place.
M.A. Integral Counseling Psychology
California Institute of Integral Studies, San Francisco, CA
B.A. Community Studies (Politics of Culture Emphasis, Sociology Minor)
University of California, Santa Cruz
mental health experience
I began working in the mental health field in 2015 and have worked within the following organizations:
Seeds of Awareness
Crisis Support Services of Alameda County