I am a graduate of Loyola Marymount University (LMU) where I earned an MA in Marital and Family Therapy with specialization in Clinical Art Therapy. I have built my clinical approach from experience working in community mental health, school-based work with children, and the treatment of adults in the setting of intensive in and outpatient treatment.
My Approach: I believe our connection in therapy is the most important factor for success. This is why I approach therapy from a humanistic perspective that places you as the expert in your life. I believe feeling heard and supported in a therapeutic space is a way for you to find clarity in your behaviors, emotions, and relationships. I hope to provide a space for you to problem solve ways to live a more fulfilling and meaningful life. Whether you are initiating therapy for the first time or returning, you likely know change can be difficult... avoiding change can be devastating.
Theoretical Orientation: My clinical interests include the study and practice of mindfulness techniques as well as applying art therapy interventions to facilitate psychodynamic exploration. My eclectic approach to therapy pulls from theories such as psychoanalysis, object relations, family systems theory and solution-oriented therapy. I have training in evidence-based practice including certification in Managing and Adaptive Practices (MAP) and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT). I have familiarity with additional treatment approaches including Seeking Safety, Dialectal Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT).