About Me

I believe love, empathy and connection are the most powerful forces on earth. And these are the principles on which I live my life and have built my practice. It’s our connections to one another the help us grow as humans. My job is to collaborate with you to set goals and build skills. Together we will make a plan to help you experience healing connections and break free from patterns that keep you from happiness and joy.

 

I want you to  leave a session with me feeling supported and knowing that you have someone who is there with you as you move through life’s hardships. This is collaboration and a partnership with you always being the expert on your life. 

 

Through my career I’ve worked primarily with girls and women who have experienced abuse, trauma and domestic violence. Since these experiences break our trust and create disconnection I aim to help create plans that help rebuild healthy connections and relationships for my clients to grow.

 

I chose to train as a therapist because people in my life would come to me for help and I didn’t know how to help, what to say, or not to say. But I knew I wanted to help and find a better way to support people through their lives, trauma and distress. 

 

With this knowledge I pursued a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy at Pacific Oaks College, School of Cultural and Family Psychology here in Pasadena. Plus additional training including Cognitive Behavioral Interventions for Substance Abuse (CBI-SA), Train-the Trainer Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC), Professional Assault Crisis & Restraint Training (Pro-ACT) and Seeking Safety. 

 

Between my personal life, formal education, additional training, and practical experience I learned that my strengths and values lie in connecting authentically and helping clients build connections based on mutual honesty, empathy, and respect. 

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Education and Certifications

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Pasadena, CA

Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy

August 2014

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Qualifications:

  • Advocacy background and clinical focus on girls and women, domestic violence, CSEC and trauma

  • Experience with individual, family, couples, and group therapy

  • Skilled in collaborating and adapting to diverse environments

  • Experience with Department of Mental Health documentation

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Relevant Training:

  •  DMH documentation 

  • Seeking Safety

  • Cognitive Behavioral Interventions for Substance Abuse (CBI-SA)

  • Professional Assault Crisis & Restraint Training (Pro-ACT)

  • Electronic Health Record software (Avatar, Exym)

  • First Aid/CPR/AED 

  • Risking Connection Train-the Trainer 

  • Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children 

  • (CSEC) 101 

  • Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) Assessment