My name is Sydney. I am a licensed MFT in the state of California. I completed my Masters in Psychology in 1994 and received my license as of January 2000. I have worked in centers for addiction treatment, dual diagnosis, and private practice in the bay area.
I utilize a holistic approach with my clients customizing treatment as appropriate for the individual. This allows for the integration of our bio-psycho-social-spiritual self. My theoretical background includes, but is not limited to, in brief, Psychodynamics, and Bowen; investigating the systematic learned behavior of your past that has brought you to this moment, Humanism; providing a safe, compassionate, empathic, respectful pathway to guide you in uncovering and discovering your true essential self, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy; practical, realistic, tangible tools to apply to conflictual thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.
I have a deep appreciation, respect, and compassion for what it takes to summon the courage to seek counseling. In my career as a therapist, I have had the privilege to be of service to individuals seeking positive change in their lives. It is of vital importance to see my clients as they are; individual, distinct, and worthy, they deserve no less and usually much more.
Together, we begin by assessing the issues that compelled you to seek counseling at this time in your life. Through a whole life approach, we will examine the bio-psycho-social-spiritual aspects of your life. We will collaborate to gain insight, create measurable goals, find and develop the value and meaning of these discoveries and implement deliberate actions redirecting your focus to transform your life to be one of authenticity, actionable internal motivation, and transformational change. I look forward to helping you develop and achieve meaningful change in your life. Let's work together.
Additional areas of focus: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Sleeping disorders, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Depression, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Attachment Issues, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Codependency, Dependent Personality, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Isolation / Loneliness, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Money and Financial Issues, Multicultural Concerns, Post-traumatic Stress, Self-Love, Somatization, Women's Issues
Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), Hypnotherapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Somatic Therapy
CA LMFT 36366
She has immense wisdom and her support of me is invaluable
Written on Aug 21, 2023 after therapy with Sydney for 6 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd
Sydney is the most kind, empathetic, smart, and open therapist I may have ever had. I am loving the relationship we are forming and she has already given me practical tools and advice I have implemented over the past few weeks. I very much am benefiting from our time together.
Written on Jun 13, 2023 after therapy with Sydney for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and parenting issues
Sydney is a very caring and compassionate human. I’ve grown to be a better person to myself and others with the help of her insight, educational tools & overall non-judgmental, accepting vibe. I always look forward to our sessions, they bring me peace. So grateful!
Written on Jun 04, 2023 after therapy with Sydney for 1 year and 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, and adhd
Sydney is truly the best! She made me feel completely safe and comfortable to be vulnerable and be myself. She empowered me to examine my life and recognize old patterns. She's wise and down to earth and makes me feel seen and understood. 10/10 would recommend Sydney as a therapist : )
Written on Feb 01, 2023 after therapy with Sydney for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, and adhd
Sydney is by far my favorite! She lets me use the language I need. She validates me and holds me accountable. She offers solutions. Real solutions and is fine when I don’t take one. She’s seriously an amazing therapist! I’m glad I matched with her.
Written on Nov 29, 2022 after therapy with Sydney for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, compassion fatigue, and adhd
Sydney is wonderful! I can not express how much I appreciate her and I look forward to our weekly meetings. I am just super happy with her and I usually am not that positive.
Written on Sep 15, 2022 after therapy with Sydney for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, coping with life changes, and adhd