Hi and welcome! I'm so glad you're here...
My journey into helping others began when I was a child and really took flight when, during a dark time in my life, someone showed me kindness and love without conditions. This person saw my worth when I couldn't and that changed my life. I learned that we all have worth even when it's hard to get through difficult times and I became so excited to help others.
Clinical and Addiction Treatment Experience
Since 2009, I have consistently worked with people who struggle with addiction in multiple treatment settings and with some who aren't ready for treatment yet. Treatment settings include; private practice, Prop 36, residential, mothers and children reunification, 28/day co-occurring disorders, and county mental health. In 2013, I broadened my experience to include clinical treatment settings such as private practice, schools, non-profits and county mental health where I help children, teenagers and adults who struggle with emotional health issues and life impairments such as depression, codependency, anxiety, PTSD, mood disorders, low self-esteem, academic and job decline, family systems and relationship impairments, suicidality, and discontent. I foster a person-centered approach and believe that each one of us is the expert in his or her life so we take this journey in a collaborative way. My passion for helping shines bright!
I'm a college instructor - Psychology, Addiction Studies and Human Sexuality- and a Prevention Educator - I love it!
I personalize my approach with integrated models such as; Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Solution-Focused, psycho-dynamic, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Gestalt, Brief Therapy, harm-reduction, crisis intervention, mindfulness and meditation.
In 2010, I completed my education at Allan Hancock College and received certificates in Addiction Studies, Co-Occurring Disorders and Human Services. In 2011, I received my Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies/Applied Psychology and in 2013, I received my Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology - both from Antioch University, Santa Barbara.
I love spending time with my wonderful son, his beautiful family and my amazing friends and cousins, going to the movies, watching football, exercising, skiing, traveling, playing the piano and sewing.
I love the beach.
I’m also in recovery.
I'm honored to be a part of your journey! So enough about me, let's talk about you...
Credentials and Affiliations;
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (#96799)
Certified Addiction Treatment Counselor (#142421IV)
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
Addiction Counselor Certification Board of California (ACCBC)
California Association of Alcohol and Drug Educators (CAADE)
Marriage and Family Therapist #11459484-3902
Utah Department of Licensed Professionals