I found my passion for “building stronger families from the start” after my own parenting journey. Parenting is hard! I found that many of the things I encountered were very common, yet not talked about. I felt stretched to learn how to communicate better, be a better person, and know my own personal boundaries in a way I hadn't explored before. Later, during my internship as a therapist, I worked with teens and I often found that many of their personal struggles could be traced back to things within their family. It led me to want to help families through the biggest transitions they encounter. I developed a deep desire to strengthen families right from the start. I realized that working with individuals and couples through infertility, pregnancy, birth, and parenthood was where I saw the most potential to impact my community. I found that couples counseling and marriage therapy offered me a way to access families early on, to provide them with opportunities to build a strong foundation.
I am a California native. I have lived in the South Bay area for most of the last 15 years and consider this my home. Most of my time out of the office is spent with my own children. We enjoy many of the activities, sights, and adventures that the South Bay has to offer. We hike, we eat at restaurants, we cook and eat together. I belong to professional organizations in my field and am active in following new development and trainings offered. I am a member of CAMFT (California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists) at a state and local level. I am a member of ASRM (American Society for Reproductive Medicine) and their smaller MHPG (Mental Health Professionals Group) which focuses on infertility.
Education: BA in Clinical Psychology from California State University, Channel Islands.
MA in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University, Los Angeles where I took courses in trauma, LGBT+ studies, and spiritual & depth therapy.
Certified Bringing Baby Home Educator. In order to follow my true passion as a therapist, I completed this training to strengthening families and relationships of those couples having children.
Completed Terry Real's "Working with Men" training.
ASRM: ongoing trainings in the field of reproductive medicine and therapy
My therapeutic approach is tailored to the needs of each individual client, but the roots of my training and life experience leads to a relational, attachment based, psychodynamic, holistic approach. I focus on communication skills, encouraging self acceptance, boundary setting, and emotional regulation. I use humor where appropriate, and I offer acceptance of you wherever you are, whoever you are, and I will try to help you provide the same self-love for yourself.
Experience: I previously worked for a child abuse agency where I saw individuals and children who were involved with Children's Services, as well as court-mandated clients. During this time I was offered the opportunity to work as a crisis counselor on a local high school and develop the mental health program with this school district along with 3 other colleagues from the agency. I saw high school students for crisis counseling, individual therapy, and group therapy, and developed a passion for working with teens.
I also worked in a community mental health setting providing in-home therapy services to low-income families in the LA and South Bay area.
I currently work as a private practice therapist in Redondo Beach where I am able to follow my interest and work with my favorite client populations.
I facilitate Mommy & Me classes at The Mother Nurture Network in Redondo Beach.