The place of true healing is a fierce place. It's a giant place. it's a place of monstrous beauty and endless dark and glimmering light.
Hello! I am a licensed marriage family therapist specializing in trauma with adults and youth, women's issues, grief/loss and life transitions. I have always wanted to help others heal and grow because of my own experience with receiving that type of support in my life. I feel so honored to be a part of another person's journey to healing as it can be a very personal and vulnerable experience. And it can also be an experience that leads to growth and a more fulfilling life.
I carry out my work with compassion, respect and openness. I work with adults, children/youth and families to help them attain the growth and healing they are seeking. I am committed to being fully present with those I work with so I can provide a safe environment for people to find their voice, connect to their authentic selves and feel empowered in their lives. I am passionate about supporting others with tuning into their own internal resources to heal themselves. I enjoy connecting and collaborating with others in ways that support an increased sense of wholeness and fulfillment. As a therapist I am committed to working on myself so that I can be present with you, provide a safe and non-judgmental environment and provide effective treatment ("You can't give what you don't have," Dr. Wayne Dyer).
My Education & Professional Experience
I obtained my M.A. degree in clinical psychology from Antioch University in Santa Barbara. I have been a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist since 2007. I use an integrative, client centered approach, focusing on the here-and-now experience. I approach treatment from an Attachment Theory and Interpersonal Neurobiology (IPNB) lens. I incorporate Compassion Focused Therapy, Humanistic, Gestalt Therapy, Psychodynamic, Somatic, Cognitive Behavioral and Family Systems perspectives.
I have training in various therapeutic modalities and approaches including Interpersonal Neurobiology, Trauma Informed Care, Compassion Focused Therapy, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), Gestalt therapy techniques, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Play therapy (non-directive and directive), Family Therapy and attachment based Theraplay©. I use these various modalities to provide individualized treatment for your specific needs. Throughout the last 20 years I have worked primarily with adults, children/youth of all ages and families affected by trauma (Domestic Violence, physical/sexual/emotional abuse, drug endangered environment), disrupted attachment, loss and other life stressors such as separation/divorce and difficult life transitions. Another area of specialization for me is working with women's issues, especially those who have experienced trauma in their lives, have body image issues, are going through transitions and have experienced infertility. Through my experience teaching peer counseling training and providing therapy to college students and adults ages 18-25 in the past, I found that I truly enjoy working with these adults at this transitional time in their lives.
Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, Antioch University, Santa Barbara, CA
Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies, University of California, Santa Barbara
License & Certifications
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California. License # MFC43797
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional
Trauma Informed Care Trainer
Professional Activities and Memberships
Member of California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)
Member of Central Coast CAMFT