I started graduate school aware of the desire to be involved in people’s lives in a meaningful way. When I began my first semester of course work in psychology, I had a sense of confirmation that this was the right path for me. I have now been doing counseling for over 20 years and continue to be amazed at the depth of the human psyche and the strength of the human heart. I continue to find satisfaction in the healing and transformation that happens in the therapeutic relationship.
I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT38412) in Orange County, California and graduated from Pepperdine University in 1994 with a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and Bachelor’s degree in Human Services. I have provided services to a wide variety of clientele having worked in both outpatient clinics and inpatient psychiatric treatment settings. Additionally, I have experience facilitating and leading groups, such as women’s support groups, emotional eating groups and grief and loss groups. Stress, anxiety, depression, work and relationship issues are problems that affect most people at some point during their lives, and all good reasons to talk with a trained professional. My expertise also includes couples and marriage counseling, emotional eating, mindfulness and stress reduction, postpartum depression and adjustment to life transitions such as divorce, break-ups, job change, illness, grief, aging and loss.
My therapeutic approach is holistic, meaning I will assess and treat all parts of your life — physical, emotional, mental, cultural, spiritual, occupational, etc. — because I believe all of these parts work together as a system and affect one another. I see you not only as an individual, but as somebody who exists in relationships with others and the environment around you. Therefore, treatment and therapy will address these aspects of your life as well. I utilize a variety of therapeutic frameworks to conceptualize and fit your special needs, including: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, Psychodynamic, and Mindfulness.
One aspect of my overall approach is to address your immediate concerns and engage in problem solving with you. This will look different for each person, based on your unique needs. For example, I can help you identify and engage in healthier coping skills, such as mindfulness, stress reduction, and more effective communication with others. The second aspect is to go deeper with you (should you choose to do so) — to identify the meaning and origin behind your choices and behavior, such as exploring your family-of-origin and core beliefs/values. I believe it is crucial for each of us to continually gain insight and self-awareness in order to actually enact change and be truly transformed.
If you choose to embark with me on a journey towards change, I assure that you will be met with safety and acceptance. We will identify tangible goals for you to strive towards, develop a collaborative relationship to meet those goals and ultimately, experience your growth together. I look forward to meeting you soon!