Hello! I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California. What this means is that I provide therapy/counseling to anyone in California (a Marriage and Family Therapy license does not mean I only work on marriages!) I believe that we all need to address mental health in our lives, just as we address our physical health. Seeking support does not mean something is wrong with you. In my view, it actually means something is right! Those who recognize when they need a little extra (or a lot extra) support are a foot in the right direction to living happier lives.
I have experience working with depression, anxiety, and trauma. Every one of us who experience emotional pain, hurt, low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, and unhappiness have experienced some sort of trauma or negative experience in our lives. It could be big or it could be small. I help others address this in order to begin to experience more hope, happiness, improved self esteem, and connection with others.
I use aspects of several different modalities depending on your preferences and your personality. I always employ a Person Centered approach, which means I bring in non-judgment and non- bias, and work hard to understand your issue and where you are coming from. I also think it’s really important that you feel comfortable with me. I believe that the therapeutic relationship is the most important part of therapy in order for you to reach your goals. If you can trust me and feel comfortable expressing things to me, you will be much more likely to benefit from this experience.
I often also like to use a Solution Focused approach, which allows us to focus on solutions to problems head on, and brings out your strengths that you already have and builds on them. In addition, I like to use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in order to examine how our thoughts interact with our feelings and behaviors. The best part of this type of therapy is really looking at our Core Beliefs, how they were formed, and if they need updating. I also love the use of Mindfulness techniques, especially related to anxiety or depression issues.
One of my passions is working with individuals on parenting issues and helping them build strong connections with their families. What I have come to learn when it comes to raising children is that most of the issues have little to do with children themselves. It has everything to do with you! While this can put a lot of pressure on parents, it can also be freeing because there is so much we can do about it. In therapy, we can delve into your triggers and struggles with parenthood, learn new tools based on connection to be able to deal with difficult situations, and to help you feel more confident and happier with parenting.
On a more personal level, I live in Northern California with my husband and two young daughters. I have a dog (German Shorthair Pointer), two cats, and one hermit crab. I love hiking and being outdoors. I have been Licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist since 2012, though have been working in this field since 2005 in various settings. I have experience in family therapy, working with children, in particular those dealing with trauma, individual and group therapy with children, adolescents and adults; case management working with adults with severe mental illnesses in a supported living environment; and emancipated foster youth (ages 16-24). I earned my BA in Psychology from UC Santa Barbara in 2004, and my MA in Psychology from Chapman University College in 2007.
I look forward to hearing from you!
- Stress, Anxiety
- Trauma and abuse
- Parenting issues
- Self esteem
I also have experience in Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Grief, Anger management, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes
LMFT #51782 (Expires: 2020-02-29)
I haven't been working with her for that long, but so far I love how she dives right in to figure out what your biggest issues and gives practical options to work on them.