"I believe the therapeutic process can be a sacred space where change and growth can develop. It takes courage to address the aspects of life that may be challenging and even painful for us. The wonderful thing is that we do not need to do this alone! With support and genuine care, we can be curious, explore, and make meaningful changes that align with our values and goals for ourselves and our families.”
Abby was born and raised in the Bay Area, California. She ventured to college at Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology in 2009. She returned to California and got her Master’s degree in Social Work at San Jose State University in 2014 and became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in 2018. She truly enjoys the interplay between psychology and sociology, exploring how people think and behave individually, but also within their social contexts. She has obtained a wide range of experience, working with children, teenagers, and adults with depression, anxiety, OCD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, and more. Her interest in working in the mental health field stems from her upbringing with two parents in the medical field and her older brother who is diagnosed with Autism. Her older sister is also a therapist in the area and is passionate about Social Emotional Learning in Education. As the youngest child, she did not have any younger siblings, so she has always loved looking after younger children and engaging in play and fun with them! She spent several years as a nanny and loved this role. She feels privileged to have the opportunity to connect with youth of all ages and their families as they navigate their world. She believes it is important to personalize care to everyone’s unique needs and feels honored to be in a position to support children, adults, and families in this way.
Licensing and Education
Clinical Social Work License #86750
Master of Social Work, San Jose State University
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Clark University
Kaiser Permanente Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, San Jose, CA
provide individual/family outpatient psychoeducational and therapeutic services including risk assessments and psychosocial assessments for child and adolescent patients
triage phone calls as part of on-call team
serve as a co-lead to psychotherapy and psychoeducational groups for children and adolescents such as child anxiety groups, teen depression process groups, and parenting groups (for preschool and school-aged children).
collaborated with third party providers such as family physicians, psychiatrists, developmental pediatricians for more effective delivery of mental health services
participate in various trainings relating to psychological topics, with an emphasis on OCD
completed Post-Master’s Trainee program
Bill Wilson Center, San Jose, CA
provided counseling and mental health interventions for clients ages 5-21 and their families including assessments, treatment planning and rehabilitation on various aspects including behavioral challenges, trauma, mood disorders, and family conflicts.
assisted families through case management and referrals to social service agencies
worked with various populations including medi-cal eligible patients
Oak Grove High School, San Jose, CA
delivered psychotherapy for high school students addressing various concerns such as depression, grief, social skills, self-harm, coping skills, anger management
co-facilitated psycho-educational programs for middle-school students
Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence, San Jose, CA
provided crisis intervention, peer counseling, and support for victims of domestic violence
supported clients through referrals for additional community resources and/or shelter, or assistance for legal support for temporary restraining orders