About Dr. N

East Bay Sex therapy, San Francisco Couples Counseling, Berkeley Marriage Counseling, Oakland Premarital therapy, Napa Valley Couples Therapy, East Bay Psychotherapy, Oakland sex therapy

East Bay Sex Therapist, Couples Counselor & Doctor of Psychology

I am passionate about healthy, loving, equitable, secure-functioning relationships. My professional and personal interests include attachment dynamics & relationship issues, nonviolent communication skills, intimacy, sexuality & sex therapy, parent-child attachment, perinatal psychology, pregnancy issues & positive parenting, foster and adoption issues, spirituality, transpersonal psychology and holistic wellbeing.

I am most interested in helping people to cultivate loving intimate relationships, whether that relationship is to one’s own self or with others. Intimacy and love begin with ourselves and then extends into our connections with others. To have compassion for others, first requires to have self-compassion.

I wrote my doctoral dissertation on attachment bonding, sexuality and the impact of trauma. I understand the complexity of attachment dynamics and strive to help facilitate the healing process. Secure attachment leads to emotional closeness and safety, which is crucial for intimate healthy partnering.

I believe we all have the capacity to generate self-awareness and have an innate ability to heal our pain. Assisting couples and individuals foster deeper compassion, healthy attachment and intimacy in their relationships is what this work is about.

Dr. N

has a Doctorate and a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis on attachment and relationship dynamics. She also has a Bachelors degree in Human Sexuality & Psychology and a BFA in Studio Arts. She is a published author in the field of gender and sexuality. She has presented her research at national conferences, as well as internationally. Excerpts of her research work have been used in a university course entitled "Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies: Race, Sex, Gender and the Body" at Cal State Long Beach. Dr.

regularly contributes to various blogs and was recognized as one of the "Planet's Top 100 Bloggers on Marriage Counseling" in 2017. She is currently writing a book to help couples have deeper sexual intimacy from an attachment-based perspective. Dr. N

teaches intensives and workshops, and serves as an inspirational speaker/lecturer. 

She is trained in Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy (PACT), Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy for Couples (AEDP), Sex Therapy, Somatics Experiencing (SE), Child Therapy, Art Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), EMDR, is certified in Clinical Hypnotherapy and received her certification in Sex Therapy through California Institute of Integral Studies.

Areas of particular passion to Dr. N

are all things related to healthy attachment, sexuality, relationships, parenting and pregnancy issues, LGBTQ issues, Gender Identity, intimacy & sex, nonviolent communication, art therapy and helping survivors heal sexual trauma. She has a lot of experience with gender expansive, non-binary folks as well as LGBTQ+ individuls and couples. Dr. N

's training and experience qualifies her as a gender specialist, rather than simply a gender therapist.

Some issues addressed in her work with individuals and couples include: sex and relationship issues, attachment, secure-functioning partnerships, effective communication, sexuality & intimacy, gender identity, LGBTQ+ issues, trauma, (C)PTSD, Dissociative Identity Disorder, grief, parenting and pregnancy issues, and spirituality & mindfulness. As a Costa Rican born, POC & LGBTQ identified woman, Dr. N

is particularly drawn to work with people dealing with minority and diversity issues. She has dual citizenship, is bilingual and has lived in and traveled to many countries. 


, Psy.D. is a Registered Psychological Assistant.  She holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology as well as a Masters in Clinical Psychology. 

Dr. N

welcomes and values cultural and sexual diversity.  She has worked in a variety of settings: schools, community clinics, substance abuse clinics, and private practice.


  • A Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy® (PACT) 2014-current, level 2, under PACT founder, Dr. Stan Tatkin, PsyD, MFT

  • Certification in Sex Therapy through The American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT) and California Institute of Integral Studies

  • Mentoring by world renowned Sexologist, Sexuality Educator, Pioneer of sex coaching and former President of AASECT, Dr. Patti Britton. 2017-ongoing

  • Ongoing supervision in Sex Therapy under acclaimed author, clinical psychologist, past President of the Western Region of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality and esteemed Sex Therapist Dr. Stella Resnick, PhD 2017-ongoing

  • Clinical Hypnotherapy Certification (200 clinical hours),with Naomi O'Keefe, Ph.D. & Steve Johnson, Psy.D., San Francisco, CA 2010-2011

  • Group and individual consultation with couples therapy expert, Dr. Michael Kline, Ph.D. utilizing Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP,) Psychophysiological Approach to Couples Therapy (PACT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), Emotionally Focussed Therapy (EFT) training & consultation. 2012-2014

  • AEDP for Couples, Core Training (2 years) with David Mars, Ph.D., MFT and Karen Pando-Mars, MFT, San Rafael, 2012-2014

  • Practice in Transformative Action Leadership in Mindfulness Program, East Bay Meditation Center (2013-2014)

  • Somatic Experiencing Practioner 2012

  • Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) for Couples, level three

  • Trainings on treating and assessing intimate partner violence (IPV) in LGBTQ survivors, via The Northwest Network for Bi Trans Gay and Lesbian Survivors of Abuse, Seattle, WA, 2013

  • Training in Sex Therapy, under supervision of ASSECT certified clinical psychologist and sex therapist, Dr. Naomi O'Keefe. 2009-2010

  • AEDP Essential Skills (1 year) with Diana Fosha, Ph.D. (Founder of AEDP), Karen Pando-Mars, MFT and others, San Francisco, CA 2013-14

  • AEDP Immersion Course with Diana Fosha, San Francisco, CA June 2013

  • EMDR training, 2017

  • AEDP Parts Work Training with Jerry Lamagna, San Rafael, CA 2012

  • On-going AEDP Couples Consultation with David Mars, PhD., MFT (2012-2014)

  • Various Control Mastery Trainings with the San Francisco Psychotherapy Research Group

  • Eating Disorders and Body Image training (1 year) with Ondina Nandine Hatvany, MFT. 2008-2009

  • Assessment and Treatment of Substance Abuse 2008-2009

  • Group Therapy training (1 year) under the supervision of Dr. Ireland, Ph.D. 2008-2009

  • Advanced Skills training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, with Dr. Lou Rappaport, Ph.D. 2008

  • Sandtray and play therapy training for children 2008-2010

  • Member of AEDP WEST, Marin, CA

  • Member of AEDP

  • Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) Couples Externship with Sue Johnson, San Francisco, CA 2014

  • 500 hours internship at the Art of Yoga Project, working directly with founder, nurse practitioner and yoga instructor, Mary Lynn Fitton, in co-facilitating groups with high-risk incarcerated teenaged girls, utilizing processing, art therapy, creative writing and yoga as a means to bring personal and interpersonal awareness to the participants 2005-2007

    • The Art of Yoga Project focuses on early intervention to help marginalized and justice-involved girls prepare for a positive future. They are leaders in the treatment and rehabilitation of justice-involved girls by offering gender-responsive, trauma-informed, culturally-responsive, and strengths-based programming. Their mission is to lead at-risk, exploited and incarcerated girls toward accountability to self, others, and community by providing practical tools to effect behavioral change. We send specially trained yoga teachers, art therapists, creative arts and writing educators into facilities to deliver our mindfulness-based curriculum

  • Certified Birth Doula, Seattle Midwifery School (Now Bastyr University), 2004

  • Master program in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture at Traditional Chinese Medical College of Hawaii, 2004-2005


I am passionate about cultivating loving, equitable, intimate partnerships.

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