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It takes vulnerability and courage to reach out, especially when we are in pain. When working with clients, I do my best to co-create a safe containing environment that allows us to explore, integrate, change, and accept difficult aspects of our lived experience. This is accomplished through the exploration of how the past comes into the present moment and by working in the relational space between therapist and client. Therapy is an ongoing process that helps us build our reflective capacity, emotional intelligence, and innate resiliency.
I specialize in working with individuals, couples, families, adolescents, and children that have experienced repetitive and developmental trauma. I also specialize in the treatment of depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, and substance abuse which often co-occur with trauma. I have experience in working with individuals struggling with adult ADHD. I deeply understand the challenges of care-taking and being a member of the sandwich generation. I have a strong affinity for veterans, first responders, law enforcement, their families and the challenges that come with those chosen professions. I am also LGBTQIA friendly.
Thank you for taking the time to read a little bit about me and how I work. I look forward to meeting with you!
Hi there! Are you feeling depressed, anxious, or stuck? Life can be a journey with unexpected circumstances that can often leave you feeling overwhelmed and confused. Whatever you have experienced, or are experiencing right now, know that you have the right to find peace and tranquility. YOU are valuable and worthy of living a peaceful life with meaning. It would be an honor to sit with you and guide you through this time of healing.
I graduated from Alliant International University in Irvine where I earned my Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy. Then, I attended The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, where I earned my Doctor of Psychology in Marriage and Family Therapy. During my studies, I was able to gain an in-depth awareness and understanding about family dynamics, family roles, relationships, trauma, and how these different factors impact our being at an individual level. My research also focused on exploring the impact that adults experience after they had discovered a parents’ extramarital affair. I recognize that this experience can be devastating and very confusing. I invite you to reach out to me if this is an area that you would like to explore, or if this is one that has come up for you recently.
My therapeutic approach naturally takes on a combination of the following orientations: Psychodynamic, Attachment-Based, Existential/Experiential, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, and being in-tune with the Mind, Body, and Spirit. Overall, my clinical approach is mostly centered on your distinct needs as person. I believe that individuals need a warm, safe, and sacred space to begin the healing process. Your experience is important to me and my hope is to maintain a sacred healing space to help you explore challenges and find some understanding. My role is to be your anchor as we walk through difficult experiences that may be the source of your depression, or anxiety. My goal is to be your guide and provide you with an open, safe, non-judgmental space to find clarity. I strongly believe that every person has natural strengths that make them resilient and my hope is to find these within you.
I have experience working in community clinics, outpatient programs, intensive inpatient treatment programs, and private practice. I am also proficient in Spanish and would be more than happy to help if you need a Spanish-speaker, or if you know someone who needs a Spanish-speaking therapist.
Treatment Approaches: Psychodynamic, Attachment Based, Experiential/Existential, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Culturally Sensitive, TF-CBT, Mindfulness, Mind, Body and Spirit connection, Aromatherapy
Modalities: Individuals, Teens, Family, Adults
Treatment Issues: Anxiety, Depression, Trauma, PTSD, Phase of Life Problems/Changes, Spirituality, Grief and Loss, Mood Disorders, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, Self Esteem, Relationship Issues, Betrayal, Substance Abuse, Adjustment Disorders, Multicultural/Diversity Issues, Stress Management, Anger Management, Self Care
I am a therapist who is very caring, with several years of experience working with children who have autism, learning disorders and intellectual disability in the school district as well as private companies. I have applied the treatment of cognitive-behavioral therapy in the school district, as well as, in the counseling field with both children and adults. I also have experience with play therapy with children, as well as, applying Gestalt techniques, such as Empty chair and role reversal and structural techniques with families. I am a Christian based therapist who is willing to help guide those in need of comfort and stability.
Children (4 to 12)
Christian Values & Ethics
Familiar with Celebrate Recovery 12 Step Model
Solution Focused Therapy
Emotional Abuse of a minor
Drug Use of a Minor
Intermittent Explosive Disorder
Oppositional Defiant Disorder
Sexual Abuse of a minor
Social Pragmatic Communication Disorder
I have experience working with adolescents, young adults, families, and new mothers struggling with anxiety, depression, and trauma. I have spent extensive time with families to overcome obstacles and to develop healthy relationships between one another. When working with adolescents, I look for opportunities to learn about their experiences. I believe the highest benefit of therapy is gained once I am able to meet them where they are. I enjoy treating adults through individual therapy to help navigate life transitions and life stressors. In the therapeutic relationship, you will gain tools to further your strengths and gain perspective of obstacles and how to best overcome them. I use an approach that is understanding, compassionate, and without judgement, to guide your journey to healing.
I graduated from Alliant International University with an MA degree in Couples and Family Therapy. My bachelor’s degree is in Child Development and Family Studies. I have worked in a multitude of settings, including outpatient, in-home treatment, and school setting. I am committed to supporting individuals in meeting their higher potential while overcoming barriers to live their best lives.
– cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
– culturally sensitive
– family systems
– managing and adapting practices (MAP)
– adjustment difficulties
– communication skills
– family conflict
– life transitions
– parenting issues
– personal growth
– relationship issues