This Truth alone will set you free. Our traditional mental health model looks at a diagnosis and set of symptoms as something wrong with the body.
I like to look at the experience your body goes through after trauma and stress as purposeful and innate. When given the appropriate tools, techniques, and environment your nervous system and body will begin to reset, re-calibrate, and heal.
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 be proactive in taking ownership of their lives and choices. Mental health is a construct that is directly related to our physical body, what we eat, the way we move, the way we experience our existence, etc.
Those who are successful are willing to look at their patterns, their reactions, and their triggers. They are willing to make radical changes in order to start living the life they want and deserve. They know that these changes will help them achieve their goals.
Many of my clients have been to therapy before and while they say it's been helpful, they find 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.
... 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.
I believe knowledge is power. Whether it's an advanced EMDR training, educational course, self-help content, or a book, you'll find me taking in as much new information as possible to share with you.
Trauma leaves us distrusting of our body, our senses, and the people around us. Our work is to fall back in love with all three. When we look at the "symptoms" not as something that needs fixing, but rather the intelligent expression of the body, it becomes the perfect place to start.
The physical experience that trauma has left provides us with a direct connection to the neural pathways of our memory storage and unconscious mind. The body only knows healing, therefore the physical expression takes us directly to what needs our attention.
“Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom."
- Viktor Frankl
That space between is your body. When we learn how it communicates to us, everything changes.
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 have worked in a variety of settings including corrections, intensive outpatient, and the judicial system.
I practice from a holistic perspective and believe a person is more than their diagnosis or life experiences.
I am certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Emotion Freedom Technique (EFT). I integrate a number of evidence based practices and energy psychology techniques to create an individualized, therapeutic approach for each of my clients.