Psychotherapy is a sacred trust between two people in the service of one person’s self-discovery and healing. It is within the collaborative relationship we create together that fosters a safe and comfortable environment where change can be cultivated. The call to engage in this work is a brave one, inviting you to grow, transform, and achieve your true potential. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve you in this process, and welcome those in all walks of life.
I understand the value of holding flexibility in the therapy room, and develop a tailored approach to honor the unique individual that you are. I use a blend of methods from humanistic, family systems, relational, and attachment models of therapy to best fit your needs. I help you to unveil meanings that were made out of early life experiences, and challenge defensive patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving that are harming your growth.
In addition, I specialize in drawing from techniques that integrate mind-body-spirit connection, with the goal of helping you establish a holistic relationship with all parts of yourself, especially those parts that are bringing you into therapy. I guide you to cultivate a compassionate attention and dialogue toward parts of the self that have been wounded, discarded, or neglected from difficult experiences. I use methods from Somatic Experiencing, Mindfulness, Focusing, and Energy Psychology techniques like TAT (Tapas Acupressure Technique), and EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) to accomplish this. Most importantly we work to strengthen your own inner wisdom, and help you remove barriers to find the healer within yourself.
I serve adolescents, adults, and couples who struggle with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, creative blocks, relationship issues, co-dependency, spiritual crisis, addiction, trauma, empath concerns, personality disorders, chronic pain, and LGBTQ issues.I have extensive experience working across a wide range of clinical issues in a multicultural community mental health center, and am formally trained by the Los Angeles Department of Mental Health in Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Seeking Safety, and Crisis Oriented Recovery Services. Additionally, past experience at California Lutheran University Student Counseling Services, and the California Institute of Technology Counseling Center, helps me to understand the unique needs of the undergraduate and graduate student seeking therapy.I received my undergraduate degree at Concordia University Irvine, and my doctorate degree at the California School of Professional Psychology.
“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”–Anaïs Nin-