About me

Education and Experience

I am trained in psychotherapy and feminist sociology. I received my BA from Swarthmore College in 1992, my Masters in Social Work from the Smith College School for Social Work in 2000, and my Ph.D. in sociology from U.C. Berkeley in 2005.

I have twenty years of experience in providing individual, couples, and adolescent psychotherapy. I have provided psychotherapy services for a wide range of clients in clinics, schools, hospitals, employee assistance programs, agencies, and private practice.

My first book: Hard to Get: Twenty-Something Women and the Paradox of Sexual Freedom was published by University of California Press in March 2013. Please visit my author website to learn more about the book.

My work has been featured in The Washington Post, Cosmopolitan, The Atlantic, Salon, The Guardian, Jezebel, Bust, The Chicago Tribune, The Daily Beast, and San Francisco Magazine. I have been a featured guest on KQED, WNYC, WNPR, WHYY, KALW, HuffPost Live, and KWMR. I am an expert blogger on Psychology Today and post regularly on relationships, sexuality, twenty-something women, and vulnerability. To see my blog posts please visit Psychology Today.

I have written on a range of topics, including teenage sexuality, feminism, bisexuality, and gender. I wrote the chapter on psychoanalytic theory in the textbook The Psychology of Gender, published by Guilford Press in 2004 and used in undergraduate and graduate psychology courses. I have taught college and graduate level courses and lectured nationally on sexuality, female psychology, and theories of gender.

I employ one Marriage Family Therapist in my practice, Adriana Portillo, MFT, and one Associate Marriage Family Therapist, Angela Vincent Polk, AMFT. For more information on their practices, please visit Adriana’s profile on Psychology Today or call her at 415.787.0677; and Angela’s profile on Psychology Today or call her at 510.545.3881.

License Information

License: Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

License Number: LCSW 21528 California

Professional Associations

  • National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
  • The Psychotherapy Institute (TPI)
  • Women’s Therapy Center (WTC)
  • Northern California Society for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy (NCSPP)


You can schedule an appointment by calling my office at 510.548.7960, or by sending me an E-mail using my Contacts page.