I believe therapy is an individual experience that will look different for everyone. I work to understand who you are and how you came to be who you are. Throughout our lives we have experiences that shape how we see the world, ourselves, and others. In response, we learn certain ways of behaving and thinking to serve us. However, sometimes as life changes occur, previous patterns are no longer helpful, and may hinder growth. In treatment, I think it is important to identify an individual’s strengths and amplify them, while recognizing areas that don’t serve them anymore, learning about their origin, and ultimately working collaboratively to find new ways to face the world.
I earned my Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and my Doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Adler University in Chicago. I completed my training across various community mental health sites in the city of Chicago as well as in Pasadena. From this, I’ve learned many people feel stuck by their life circumstances and that they often have more power to change than they recognize. I enjoy forming relationships with those who have been hurt that foster healing. I believe these experiences empower the individual to recognize what they want and do not want in their lives.
I have interests and extensive training in complex and chronic trauma treatment and how social systems impact a person's mental health. I also have passion for social justice and have worked and continue to work to develop competency in providing culturally-informed treatment. I have worked with adults and older adults primarily and am interested in working with people who want to explore who they are through creating a safe relationship where they are comfortable. I believe people do best when they are surrounded by support and have the confidence to be themselves. I hope to empower you to create the life you want!