Since I began practicing therapy in 2007, it has been my mission to help individuals of all ages and backgrounds to foster the inner strength to deal with their own distinctive feelings, challenges and circumstances.
Even prior to becoming a psychotherapist, my passion has always been to work with others to improve their lives by showing others to embrace the sensitivity and creative fires that burn within us all. Though I began my journey in this career later in life, it is my belief that my past experiences in both my personal and professional life served to prepare and guide me directly into this field.
I received my bachelor’s degree in Child and Adolescent Studies and immediately went in the recreation field where, as a center director of a recreation facility, was able to work directly with underserved youth and later with the broader community at large as an event planner and community liaison. Meanwhile, on the personal front, I started a family and gained what has been perhaps the most challenging and rewarding experience of raising three sons. During both my time as a parent, and while working in the youth recreation field, I’ve come to understand the immense importance of using creative methods to allow children to feel comfortable enough to open meaningful lines of communication. Due to this great appreciation, I have been quite pleased to gain further training in play and art therapy by Janelle Novell, one of the region’s top experts in child therapy.
I received my masters from CSUF whose department of Counseling Psychology provided extensive training in cultural competency, which focuses on human diversity issues related to ethnicity, age, gender, sexual orientation, physical ability, religion, and socio-economic status. I am LGBTQ affirmative and strive to provide a therapeutic stance of cultural inclusiveness as it is vital to our identity and self-worth. The common thread we all share is the need to feel loved, understood, and accepted.
I also proudly serve on the board of the Southwest Riverside County chapter of California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, an organization dedicated to providing ongoing education to mental health professionals so we may continue to provide the best care possible to all our clients.
All clients I see, whether a child, or an adult, are unique and carry within them the gifts to deal with trials they face. It has been, and will continue to be, a true privilege to be a part of that growth process.