Practicing in a therapeutic context for over 10 years, I am passionate in partnering with people to build more satisfying and meaningful relationships in their lives.
My formal training includes earning a Masters of Science in Marriage & Family Therapy at Fuller Theological Seminary and becoming a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in California, which emphasizes relationship work as key to growth and change. In addition, I am trained and/or supervised in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT), Reflective Practices, Neuro-Relational Framework, Neuro-Sequential Therapies Model, Interpersonal Neurobiology, Infant Mental Health (Brain Development, Typical/Atypical Development, Attachment, Trauma Responses, Sensory Processing, etc.), and Infant Massage, as well as certified in providing Seeking Safety, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Triple P Parenting, and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy. Although much of my training includes cognitive-behavioral and experienctially-based practices, I enjoy bringing the contemporary psychoanalytic framework of Intersubjectivity into my work as a foundation for connection. I believe therapy works best when interpersonal neurobiological conceptualizations of problems (e.g. how stress impacts relationships and relationships contribute to stress) are paired with a meaningful therapeutic connection and practical interventions. When indicated, I seek to collaborate with a variety of health care providers and incorporate spiritual practices to deliver holistic services.
My specialty areas include trauma work, couples therapy, parent-child attachment, and existential issues. I have worked in numerous settings, including St. John's Hospital (Acute Care Psychiatric Unit), a church counseling center, and at a community mental health setting as a Birth-to Five Clinician/Clinical Supervisor, which has greatly informed my ability to conceptualize cases in terms of development and attachment, as well as provide me with skills to facilitate healing moments of connection. I offer these experiences and what they have taught me to you in hopes of helping you grow and find healing in your own relationships.