When I started interviewing adults on the autism spectrum for my dissertation, I discovered that I really enjoyed hearing their stories and unique perspectives. I figured out quickly that most of the stereotypes that I had been taught about autism simply were not true. The people I was talking with were not like emotionless robots at all. They were funny, authentic, and passionate about contributing to society in meaningful ways.
I grew inspired to provide services for the “lost generation” of adults and older teens who were overlooked because their autistic traits were not readily apparent to others or because they did not have access to resources that were a good match for them in childhood.
I celebrate the many ways that human brains are diverse, and I want to help my clients heal and live up to their full potentials. Since 2011, I have been researching social anxiety in adults on the spectrum, and now I’m motivated to bring what I’ve learned into my new community in the Silicon Valley.
I received my doctorate in clinical psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in Palo Alto in 2013. Since 2006, I have worked in clinical research at the Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute at the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center on clinical studies for adults with anxiety related to advanced-stage cancer and with autistic adults who experience social anxiety. I currently am a lead clinician and supervisor for a clinical trial at UCSF for psychological distress in long-term survivors of HIV/AIDS. I am also certified in Trauma-Focused CBT and Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapy.