I understand the vulnerability and anxiety that can surround attending therapy for the first time.  I also know that starting fresh with a new therapist can be frustrating and overwhelming.  I’d love to let you know a bit more about me to help you feel that much more at peace with your decision to seek help and take care of YOU!

My approach to therapy:

First and foremost, I aim to provide a comfortable, calm environment for you to feel like you have a place to take a deep breath and take an honest look at where you are at in life.  The first 2-3 sessions are assessment sessions where you and I are getting a better understanding of the presenting problem that brought you to therapy. Treatment goals are collaborative, and we will periodically evaluate them to see if they are being met or whether we need to readjust them. This helps us to stay on focus and narrow down the main areas where you find yourself perpetually in a “stuck” place in life. I am a believer in brief therapy, getting to the bottom of what brings you to treatment. I don’t think therapy should be a forever thing. I want to see my clients on the road to health and vitality, thriving in their relationships with others and finding peace with their own life stories.

Over the past decade, I have worked in the human services field, from working with at-risk youth and families, providing anger management classes, Wraparound services, and counseling services to foster and adoptive youth.  As a wife and mother, I also understand the need for self care as a woman.  I love to work with women who are trying to find their way in the world in their 20’s, navigating relationships and new careers. I also love working with wives and mothers, dealing with depression, anger, anxiety or the stress of trying to hold it all together! I also love working with couples, who may be just starting out (providing pre-marital therapy) or couples who find themselves struggling with having the same fight over and over. I believe a healthy family starts with a strong marital foundation and that often times your children won’t get better until you get better!

My education:

I attended Messiah College in Pennsylvania for my undergraduate degree in Psychology, and I attended Vanguard University of Southern California for my Masters in Clinical Psychology. I am Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California (License #52044).