Sylvia joined CIP Berkeley in June 2016. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over ten years of clinical psychotherapy experience. A Bay Area native, she earned her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology at New College of California and got her Bachelor’s Degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of California at Santa Cruz.
With an extensive background at community-based agencies such as Girls Inc., Fred Finch Youth Center, and the Bay Area American Indian Council, Sylvia brings a wealth of experience to her clinical work. She has also worked as an intern with the City of Berkeley Mobile Crisis Team and as a bereavement counselor at Hospice by the Bay.
From an early age, Sylvia was often exposed to individuals with learning differences. Both of her parents worked and taught for many years at a center in San Francisco for adults with developmental disabilities, and they cared very much for their clients. Sylvia appreciates not only the challenges but also the gifts that come with having to live with difference.
Along with working as a clinician at CIP Berkeley, Sylvia has a private practice in Oakland where she draws on dialectical behavior therapy and relational techniques.
Sylvia is also a longtime yoga student and teacher and is a part-time yoga instructor. In her spare time, she enjoys playing with her young cat at home, eating Thai food, taking walks among the redwoods, and traveling. She lives in Oakland with her partner Adam and cat Zoe.
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