I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I graduated from Mount St. Mary’s University, where I received my bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Child Development. I then began to work as an elementary teacher. I furthered my education and received a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Loyola Marymount University. After three years working as a classroom elementary teacher, I decided to continue my educational journey and earned a second Master’s degree from Alliant International University in Marital and Family Therapy. I furthered my education by earning a Doctorate of Psychology, in Couple and Family Therapy from Alliant International University.
My clinical interests include working with couples & families affected by Autism Spectrum Disorder.
I work with individuals, couples and families in supporting and understanding ASD with the mind, body, and emotions. I am passionate about working with children, parents and families who are influenced by Autism Spectrum Disorder. I have an extensive background in working with the population including ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) as a direct interventionist and a clinical supervisor in addition to Traditional Psychotherapy. I have facilitated special needs individuals ages 4-adulthood in a variety of settings since 2003.
I am also passionate about working with couples in all stages including premarital counseling, communication enrichment and working on a variety of family dynamics. I am trained in a variety of marital & couple programs including Prepare and Enrich, Relationship Enhancement: Mastering the Mysteries of Love & Working with Step Families and Gottman Level 1.
In addition, I am an adjunct professor at Chapman University where I supervise trainees at the Chapman Clinic.
I am currently going through training to become an AAMFT approved supervisor.
Thank you for taking the time in reading about me, I look forward in meeting with you.
· Autism Spectrum Disorder
· Anger Management
· Developmental Disorders
· Family Conflict
· Couples Therapy
· Family Systems
· Emotional Focused Therapy
· Certified Autism Specialist CAS172372 (IBCCES)
· Certified Anger Management Specialist: National Anger Management Specialist (NAMA)
· Relationship Enhancement Mastering The Mysteries of Love & Step-Families
· Prepare Enrich Workshop for Couples
Experience: Other professional experiences include working with substance abuse & mandated clients. I also have experience working with clients diagnosed with depression and anxiety due to a variety of a medical illness including diabetes, arthritis, heart disease and autoimmune diseases. I worked in a variety of clinics in a clinical therapeutic setting including:
1. The Gary Center: OC Health Care Agency
2. SACS (Substance Abuse Counseling Systems) in Santa Ana
3. NOCRHF (North Orange County Regional Health Foundation) in Fullerton
4. Lestonnac Free Clinic of Orange County in Orange and Los Alamitos