Credentials & Approach: As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I have earned a master's degree, passed two state board exams, and worked under the supervision of a licensed therapist for more than 3,000 hours before being granted my own license to practice in the state of California. I am also trained as a Breath Coach to provide a natural way to alleviate some symptoms of anxiety, restlessness, and depression.
My work is transparent and I work collaboratively with clients to identify their specific challenges as well as their goals, dreams, hopes, and strengths. I strongly believe that the client and therapist are equals – I cultivate a therapeutic space in which the client feels empowered and safe. Within my practice, I utilize an eclectic treatment approach, which allows me to tailor my style specifically to each unique person that I work with. My goal, as well as the goal of each of these treatment orientations, is to help clients feel more free, whole, safe, comfortable, and fulfilled.
I am passionate about making therapy accessible, equitable, inclusive, and anti-oppressive. I create a therapeutic space in which clients feel free to express themselves exactly as they are. I base my practice on transparency, open communication, and mutual trust. While in my care, I will be here to guide, support, and hold space for your healing.
My therapeutic approach is holistic in terms of including your personal history, medical and psychological background, and present social and spiritual life into your therapy. I focus on using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help you notice and change the interaction between your thoughts and behaviors; Mindfulness and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy work to help you be present in your life and be able to meet your challenges with a sense of balance and equanimity; Solution-Focused Brief Therapy to help you zone in on your goals and create steps to achieve your vision; Nature-Based Therapies to enhance your connection to the world around you, among other approaches. With children, I use all of these approaches but do so in the context of somatic play therapy and/or sand therapy interventions.
My Journey: I have two beautiful sons and am in awe every day of the incredible people they are growing to be. My journey to becoming a mother, however, was not a straight path. I survived an emergency cesarean and postpartum depression before being able to heal and grow into my role as a mother. I use my experience navigating the complex referral systems and typical treatment barriers to inform my work and how I support the people in my care. When I am not in the therapy room, you can find me gardening, hiking with her sons and husband, playing with her dogs, watching British sitcoms, and enjoying all of the community and beauty that Northern California has to offer.