I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. It is my endeavor as a therapist to walk side by side with my clients, to appreciate, and take a good look at who they are, and who they are becoming. To provide insight but also to nurture and develop insight. To provide a safe non-judgmental space for facing transitions that bring up feelings of fear, loss, anger, disappointment, and ultimately growth, with support. To meet the most vulnerable moments of life with understanding and acceptance.
I earned my master’s degree from Pepperdine University and gained experience towards licensure by working in the areas of community mental health, group homes, with pregnant and parenting foster youth, school based therapy programs, and with juvenile probation. I have a passion for facilitating healing with individuals, families, and couples of diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds struggling with a variety of presenting problems including, but not limited to, anxiety, depression, communication issues, and grief & loss. I respect differences and accept others who may be different in small ways, but similar ultimately because I recognize the value of the human experience as far more binding.
I have a depth of experience dealing with clients who struggle with ways of relating to others and need assistance to learn tools and techniques to improve their inter-relational style and effectively mend and foster connection.
I am a strength-based clinician dedicated to providing exceptional care and implementing effective treatment plans for children, adolescents, and adults, while setting appropriate boundaries. I bring my skills as an effective communicator and advocate with an inherent ability to connect, build rapport, diffuse crises, identify potential issues and manage them proactively. I also set goals to facilitate the transmission of these skills to my clients.
I have had extensive experience in the field of Child Welfare. As a proponent of family; and the concept that the whole is greater than the sum of all its parts, I have an unwavering interest in the ability of families to resiliently rebound from crisis to rebuild, recover, and renew. With that being said, I also acknowledge the lack of skills and resources that limit many families from doing so. My interest in therapy with families involves helping them to garner this dexterity in order to support effective communication and change.
I have found equal success in my work with mandated clients and clients who come in on their own accord looking to make changes in their life. I have found that it doesn’t necessarily matter what brings people in, but what they are able to take away, that actually matters most.