I found my passion for working with new and expecting parents 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 support families through the biggest transitions they encounter. I developed a deep desire to strengthen families right from the start.
I am a California native. I have lived in the South Bay area for most of the last 15 years and considers this my home. I enjoy many of the activities, sights, and adventures that the South Bay has to offer. 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).
Education: BA in Clinical Psychology from California State University, Channel Islands.
MA in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University, Los Angeles where she 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.
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 that encourages self acceptance, boundary setting, and communication skills. I believe that the mind and body are strongly connected and that we can't be fully healthy in one until we have addressed the health of all aspects of our life. You will often find that I incorporate more than just talking in my therapeutic approach.
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 works as a private practice therapist in the Torrance/Palos Verdes area, where I am able to follow my interest in working with perinatal couples and individuals.
I facilitate Mommy & Me classes at The Mother Nurture Network in Redondo Beach.