I believe the most important factor in succeeding in treatment is the therapeutic relationship. I create a non-judgmental safe space in order for you to share your experiences with me. I believe in collaborating to find small realistic goals while using your strengths as a way to better cope. I use techniques from several practices such as mindfulness, cognitive-behavioral therapy, Bowen family systems, person-centered, solution-focused, and Gottman in order to better help you to reach your goals in therapy.
My Professional Background
I have experience working with survivors of domestic violence, child abuse and sexual assault. I have worked with children and teens in the foster-care system as well as families who were at-risk of having their children removed from the home. I very much enjoy helping others heal from trauma and I am Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Certified (TFCBT). I also have experience helping others better cope with symptoms from Anxiety, Depression, PTSD, Grief, Adjustment/Life transitions, emotional regulation difficulties, and other life stressors. I have taught parenting and life skills classes.
Education, Training, and Certifications
- Bachelor’s in Psychology from Cal State Channel Islands
- Master’s in Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Phillips Graduate University
- Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Certified
I lived in Los Angeles for 10 years and recently moved back to San Diego- the place where I grew up. I was born in Texas and go back every year to visit family. I have a Sphynx and pitbull as my furr babies. I love to dance, hike, and travel to learn about various cultures. I was drawn to therapy from my own trauma background- I want to help others grow and overcome as I did! I love using humor and am very easy going.