It's time to get past your past.
That's where our work comes in. Together, we'll process your story through an integration of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Eastern practices including Emotion Freedom Technique (EFT), to help balance and heal mind, body, and spirit.
The clients who are most successful in therapy with me are the ones who are ready to show up and do the work. They understand that the work is not a "quick-fix" and requires them to show up for themselves.
They’re ready to take ownership of their lives and figure out what is keeping them stuck.
Many of my clients have been to therapy before and while they say it's been helpful, their grievance is finding themselves talking in circles about their trauma.
They’re ready for a new approach to therapy and are open to something different. That's where EMDR comes in.
The clients who are most successful in therapy with me are the ones who are committed to their own growth.
They are committed to managing the symptoms.
They are committed to living again.
... and you’ll usually find me barefoot during sessions.
What you focus on expands and when you focus on the goodness in your life, you create more of it.
Outside of session you can find me teaching at the local community college or teaching mental health curriculum to first responder agencies.
I often compare therapy with the metaphor of taking a car ride. I believe my clients know their lives best, therefore they sit in the driver’s seat.
The road and terrain is their life which they are open to sharing. They are also open to a co-pilot in the passenger seat.
I’m not the co-pilot that falls asleep on long car rides.
I’m an active participant in therapy. Clients who are most successful in therapy with me appreciate my straightforwardness and willingness to challenge their thoughts and provide thoughtful feedback.
I will hold space while we process trauma, reprogram outdated belief systems, teach you skills to regulate emotional distress in your day and empower you to reclaim your power.
Everything you need is already inside of you. Our work is to connect to that.
I earned my B.A from California State University, Long Beach and my M.A from the University of San Francisco. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California and accrued over 3000 hours of supervised experience before obtaining my license.
I practice from a holistic perspective and believe a person is more than their diagnosis or life experiences.
I have worked in a variety of settings including corrections, intensive outpatient, and the judicial system.
I am certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and am continuing advanced training to become a consultant. I am also trained as a Level I Gottman therapist. I have found this approach helpful when traumatic events begin to impact significant relationships.