Therapy is not one size fits all. As a therapist centered in compassion, empathy, and strengths-based approaches, I consider every client I work with as an individual with unique assets and unique problems. My approach to client care focuses on your truth and your experience, parsing out where unhelpful beliefs originated and forming new adaptive beliefs that support a meaningful life. I aim to provide all my clients will the tools and skills necessary for coping with life’s ups and downs, while fostering a safe, warm, and judgement-free zone for processing difficult emotions and experiences.
I believe that full recovery is possible for every one of my clients. My work with you will amplify hope and patience, essential ingredients to move through struggle and move toward recovered life. I have experience successfully supporting clients challenging eating disorders, body image issues, depression, anxiety, and various forms of trauma. It is my philosophy that reaching out for support is an act of bravery and strength, not weakness. Taking that first step toward recovery is hard, and you don’t need to do it alone.
My Professional Background
My professional experience includes work with adolescents and adults diagnosed with severe eating disorders in partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient settings. My work extends to clients managing PTSD, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, and significant life transitions. Impactfully, I worked for several years as a youth specialist at a crisis intervention residential for teens facing problems such as suicidal ideation, family issues, trauma, and abuse.
I have received additional training in RO-DBT, narrative therapy, and family systems approaches. My experience as a certified yoga instructor specializing in body image has imparted a unique somatic focus to my work with clients struggling with disordered eating and body dysmorphi
Education, Training, and Certifications
- Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Summa cum laude from Chapman University
- Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy from Chapman University
- RO-DBT Level 2
In my free time, I enjoy reading, practicing yoga, drinking coffee, and of course, hanging out with my pug, Bean.