In order to build anew, the old must first fall away. Just as a snake sheds its skin, we must shed our past, over and over again.
Healing is not a linear journey, nor a simple fix. It's a process that requires you to consistently show up for yourself. Since you're here, I know you are ready to do just that.
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 begin nurturing a relationship with themselves.
They’re ready to take ownership of their lives and figure out what is keeping them stuck.
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.
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 during 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, patterns 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I will hold space while we process trauma, reprogram outdated belief systems, teach you skills to regulate emotional distress in your day and empower you to reclaim your power.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 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.