“I believe that the greatest catalyst towards change lies in the power of creation! I am always interested in what happens next...”
First and foremost let me say congratulations on taking steps towards personal growth and healing. Many of us grew up thinking that asking for help or support is a weakness but let me assure you it is absolutely one of the bravest and most courageous things a person can do. Standing in our truth even when it's "messy" can be hard but in my experience is also how real change happens! My work with clients is largely collaborative and together we will find a path forward with a specifically customized treatment plan to meet you and or your family's needs. Ultimately you are the expert on your life and I am here to support you in finding and giving full voice to your most authentic self. Whether you are looking to heal past traumas, going through a major life transition, managing anxiety, or just feeling stuck; I am here to listen, support, and cheer for you on your healing journey!
I have a Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Phillips Graduate Institute where I learned a wide range of therapeutic modalities including psychoanalytical, behavioral, narrative, solution focused, art therapy and more. Prior to going to Phillips I received a Bachelor's degree from Cal Poly Pomona University where I studied Theatre, which also continues to inform my work in the healing arts. My post graduate work has been extensive serving a wide range of clients and their families. I have also worked extensively doing crisis counseling, substance abuse treatment, anger management, and conflict mediation. Most recently prior to coming to the Psych Lab I have worked with teenagers and their families in efforts to reunify and heal family trauma. Families and individuals that I have worked with have been able to forge a new path forward by better understanding dysfunctional patterns and creating better communication and a new healthier dance together. In addition, my post graduate work afforded me the opportunity to work with a wide range of diagnoses including but not limited to Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and more. I have worked with clients of various cultures, backgrounds and life-styles, supporting them through various challenges including marital problems, domestic violence, substance abuse, and issues related to grief and loss.
I bring to my work my own personal understanding of life's challenges. I believe that despite whatever trauma one has experienced that we are not our trauma, and we have the right to a beautiful life despite the challenges we may have experienced. I believe that there are certain things that a therapist should provide the client in order for the healing process to occur. These elements include providing unconditional positive regard, creating a non-judgemental space, and opportunities to feel truly seen and heard. As your therapist, I'll help you look deeply at your history, family of origin, culture, and relational patterns — so we can view your current issues through a trauma-informed lens focused on deep and lasting healing. However I am also interested and driven towards the future, and therefore place great emphasis on the power and experience of the here and now, as I believe that the greatest catalyst towards change lies in the power of creation! I am always interested in what happens next. I look forward to meeting you where you are at and forging a path forward.