After High School, I attended the University of California at Irvine, receiving a bachelor's degree in both psychology and sociology. During my time at UCI and for a few years after, I pursued my interest in working with kids at the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Harbor Area, starting off as the teen director and working my way toward youth development specialist and program director. It was while working at the Boys and Girls Club that I realized that I was destined to become a Marriage and Family Therapist. For graduate studies, I attended Chapman University and completed a year of traineeship at the on-site community clinic. My work at the Frances Smith Center for Individual & Family Therapy sparked my passion for working with people who have experienced childhood abuse and other traumas.
During the time I interned at the Free Clinic of Simi Valley, I worked with children, teens, families, and individual adults. The clinic allowed me the opportunity to continue working with diverse populations and get further training and instruction in trauma-informed model, TRM, and play therapy. In addition, I facilitated both an ongoing widow/widower process group and parenting groups. I have training and experience working with clients with depression, anxiety, cultural issues, divorce, adoption, relationship problems, and anger management. During my internship, I also worked with an Afghani victim of the Taliban on issues of acclimation, social skills, coping skills, and trauma.
I am on the board of the San Fernando Valley chapter of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and Toastmasters for Mental Health Professionals. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, traveling, spending time with loved ones, reading, and sometimes Netflix binging.
I work with individual adults to treat trauma and all of the symptoms associated with exposure to a traumatic experience using a mind/body approach (TRM). TRM teaches us how to regulate our nervous systems and reprocess trauma in a healing way. With kids, I play, in a therapeutic way. Play therapy is a way of working with kids using their own language of communication to express experiences and feelings non-verbally. My goal is to work with you, in a safe, non-judgmental environment, to find more effective coping skills and tools, gain better insight into how life's experiences have impacted you, and start establishing more satisfying relationships with yourself and others.
You lead the way, you are the expert. I use my knowledge, training, and experience to support your journey. I will be there with you, holding the space in a way that allows for deep exploration without being overwhelmed. It's a delicate place to navigate and having a copilot can be tremendously beneficial. For more information, visit my Psychology Today Profile.