On this page you’ll find resources and books that clients have found to be helpful.

Therapies I Use

Mindfulness based cognitive therapy This website provides information ranging from the practical aspects of MBCT to the theoretical basis for its development and effectiveness.

Psychodynamic Therapy The American Psychological Association has a brief description of Psychodynamic Therapy. This article also describes the relative effectiveness of Psychodynamic Therapy.

Positive Psychology Positive psychology is the scientific study of the strengths that enable individuals and communities to thrive. The field is founded on the belief that people want to lead meaningful and fulfilling lives, to cultivate what is best within themselves, and to enhance their experiences of love, work, and play. This website from the University of Pennsylvania describes what positive psychology is and what makes its treatment approaches effective.

What is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy? This article on the NACBT site describes how Cognitive Behavioral Therapy works and what makes it effective.

Moderate fee psychotherapy

Adriana Portillo, MFT is a licensed clinician in my practice who offers moderate fee psychotherapy. She is bilingual in Spanish and English. Adriana’s approach is eclectic, incorporating psychodynamic relational, somatic and mindfulness based theories and techniques to support your process. She can be reached at 415-787-0677.

Angela Vincent Polk, MFTI is an MFT intern in my practice who offers moderate fee psychotherapy. As a middle-aged, African American woman, she brings her life experience to the sessions with clients with compassion and honor for their own life experience while gently opening up space for self-reflection and healing from abuses, social injustices, intimate partner betrayals, confusing family dynamics, sexual, identity, and gender related issues, and depressive or anxious states.  She has seen people from a variety of religious, sexual, family, socioeconomic, and gender backgrounds.  As a Christian therapist, she serves her clients with grace and compassion as well as truth and a healthy vulnerability in order to help clients feel safe and supported as they unfold deep hurts and wounds. Furthermore, she provides premarital and marriage counseling for heterosexual couples. She can be reached at 510.545.3881.

Susanna Gilbert, MFTI is an MFT intern in my practice who offers moderate fee psychotherapy. She can be reached at 510.646.0396.

The Psychotherapy Institute is a non-profit multi-disciplinary organization of mental health professionals dedicated to professional education and growth. For more than 30 years TPI has provided affordable psychotherapy to San Francisco Bay Area residents as well as continuing education and advanced training to psychotherapists.

Women’s Therapy Center is a non-profit organization founded in 1978 to offer affordable therapy and in depth professional training to the San Francisco Bay Area Community.


Below are some resources for learning and practicing mindfulness meditation, which has been shown to be effective in alleviating anxiety, stress, depression, and pain.

Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction classes at Kaiser Oakland 8 week mindfulness meditation courses offered to the public. This course is based on the methods developed by Jon Kabat-Zinn.

Spirit Rock Meditation Center The practice of mindful awareness, called Insight meditation, is at the heart of all the activities at Spirit Rock. They provide silent meditation retreats, as well as classes, trainings, and study opportunities for new and experienced students of meditation.

Green Gulch Farm/San Francisco Zen Center/Tassajara Zen Mountain Center  These Zen practice centers offer daily meditation, regular monastic retreats and practice periods, classes, lectures and workshops open to the public.

Recommended books on mindfulness and meditation:

Meditation for beginners, by Jack Kornfield

Full catastrophe living, by Jon Kabat Zinn

When things fall apart, by Pema Chodron

About Psychotherapy

How to find help through psychotherapy Article from the American Psychological Association.

Recommended books on psychotherapy:

Schopenhauer’s Porcupines: Intimacy and its dilemmas, by Deborah Luepnitz

Terrors and experts, by Adam Phillips


Recommended books on relationships, marriage, and sex:

The seven principles for making marriage work, by John Gottman

Hold me tight: seven conversations for a lifetime of love, by Sue Johnson

Happiness/Well being/Compassion

Recommended books on happiness/well being/compassion:

The art of choosing, by Sheena Iyengar

The paradox of choice: Why more is less, by Barry Schwartz

The gifts of imperfection, by Brene Brown

Parenting Support

Recommended books on parenting:

How to talk so kids will listen and listen so kids will talk, by Adele Faber & Elaine Mazlish

When partners become parents: The big life change for couples, by Carolyn Pape Cowan & Philip A. Cowan

Maternal Desire, by Daphne de Marneffe

Women’s Wellness

Recommended books on women’s wellness:

Women’s bodies, Women’s wisdom, by Christiane Northrup

The Hormone Cure, by Sara Gottfried