Educational and Professional Summary:
I received my Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University in Santa Barbara in June of 2009. I previously received my Bachelors of Arts in Psychology with a Minor Degree in Biblical Studies from Biola University in 2005. Since 2005 I have been working in the Human Services field—as a therapist, social worker, bereavement counselor, behavioral counselor and supervisor. I have worked with children, youth, parents, couples, adults and families struggling with emotional concerns, trauma, and relationship and mental health related issues. I have worked in several different therapeutic realms in San Luis Obispo County and have provided individual therapy, family therapy, couples therapy, grief counseling, play therapy, in-home therapeutic services, behavior management, parenting skills training and group facilitation. Currently I have my private practice where I see clients for therapy. I am a clinical member of the Central Coast and California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and am Licensed (LMFT #81572) with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.
I am able to provide individual, couple and family therapy to children, adolescents and adults for an array of different relational and emotional concerns. The focus of therapy is on relationships, emotions and thoughts. As a therapist, I’m here to guide and walk along side you on your personal journey. It is important to understand that a therapist does not fix you, however they are a skilled and trained professional that will collaborate and partner with you to move through areas in your life that are not serving you well.
I use an integrative approach in my practice. I often draw from depth psychology and trauma sensitive approaches with clients and families. My approach with clients is collaborative and strength based, meaning I will assist in identifying your strengths and work to problem solve for solutions that will work for you as an individual or family unit. I will listen, inquire and encourage you to deepen your understanding of feelings and behaviors that arise in your life. We will explore how you have become who you are today, how your past experiences have shaped you, and how to move forward with your new found understandings. I believe that people grow through community and relationship; therefore we may discuss the relationships in your life as well as our therapeutic relationship during sessions.
In my free time I enjoy traveling, culture, learning, coffee, nature, the ocean and mountains, walking, journaling, self care activities, friendship, family time, cooking and am an avid essential oil user and educator. I enjoy taking life in moment by moment and I spend time celebrating the small things.