I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I’ve always known that I wanted to be a therapist. I was inspired to live a life helping others. Before entering in private practice, I worked at outpatient settings, providing therapy for adults dealing with psychological distress, trauma and/or substance abuse. I also worked at outpatient settings for children, providing therapy for children with emotional disturbances and behavioral problems. Additionally, I worked on school sites, providing therapy for children exhibiting difficulties in the classroom. I had also been a volunteer with the Suicide Prevention Hotline, helping individuals who were going through a crisis during a time of despair.
Educational Background & Training
University of California, Irvine- BA, Psychology and Social Behavior
Pepperdine University- MA, Clinical Psychology
CERTIFICATIONS & CONTINUING STUDIES:
Certified Mental Health Integrative Medicine Provider
Reiki- Level I, II, III
EMDR Therapy- Part I
Somatic Approaches to Healing Trauma
Attachment Mastery Program
Hypnosis for Trauma & PTSD
My Belief System
I believe that each individual has the innate ability toward healing and growth. Humans are resilient beings. Sometimes life stressors are so great that we experience temporary arrest in our capacity to find resolutions. However, the answers are always within. I look at each individual as a whole. Our body and our mind are connected and the functioning of one intertwines with the other. I take an integrative approach in helping you heal from pain and suffering and in helping you find a resolution to move forward and return to your resiliency.
I tap into your own resources to help you grow in the face of challenge. I help increase your awareness into patterns that are your strengths, and identify patterns that may be holding you back in your life. I help you gain new perspectives to broaden your horizon. I offer a holding space for your pain, confusion, sadness and curiosity. I bring a sense of deep compassion and understanding. I’m nonjudgmental because I acknowledge the universal experience of our pain and suffering. I wish to have the honor to step alongside your journey in finding peace and joy and to go beyond the immediate struggles to transcend growth.
My Theoretical Framework
No one individual is alike, yet there are evidence-based practices that have been proven to be more effective for certain situations. With the knowledge and understanding of such research conclusions, I apply different methodologies based on each client and their unique situation. The consistent factors will always be my presence and my ability to provide a healing space where you feel safe and cared for.