Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-focused, Strengths-based
Whether you're struggling with stress, worries, or just feeling a bit stuck, I'm here to help you get to a place of balance, calm, and feeling whole.
With a background in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), I've got helpful tools, techniques, and strategies to help you learn how to overcome any obstacle that may come your way. You will learn how to identify unhelpful thought and behavior patterns and what can actually be done about them! From talking it out to trying new approaches, we'll work together to find what works best for you.
I’m confident in my skills to help you build insight, feel confident, and make lasting transformations in your life. I look forward to learning more about you and what new things we can discover together.
BA - Music Therapy, California State University, Northridge
MS - Counseling, California State University, Northridge
I actually sort of fell into the profession. I originally wanted to go into music, but found my undergrad psychology classes to be so interesting. Eventually, I got into a music therapy program, and things progressed from there. In the end, I’ve just really enjoyed working with people to help guide them to finding the things they need. I love that therapy is so collaborative and that we work together to get you to where you want to be.
I’ve been a musician for a long time. Trombone had been my main instrument that I went to school for, but I also play piano which I do almost daily. Music definitely helps me relax and clear my mind. In fact, I still play trombone occasionally in a cover band for an Elvis impersonator!
I really enjoy cooking and baking. I have been constantly working to take small steps to improve my diet while keeping things tasty! I’ve definitely discovered that what we eat matters in so many ways, so I love discovering new foods, trying new recipes, and exploring everything food-related.
I also love to travel. Every year I try to travel to at least one new country. Experiencing different cultures in parts of the world is really humbling, and I love how it highlights the ways humanity is united. Trips I’ve had in recent years include Belize, Japan, Italy, Portugal, Ireland, Switzerland, and a few more.
Other things I enjoy include spending time with family, playing card games, board games, video games, hiking, and spending time outdoors.
Yoga. I believe in strengthening our mind-body connection. I have felt many benefits for my physical and mental health from practicing yoga daily. I love that yoga has me feeling stronger, more flexible, balanced, calm, clear-headed, motivated, and wanting to do more for all aspects of my health.
The Beck Diet Solution. I’ve spent 15+ years of my life struggling with my weight, either being overweight or obese. Though I was critical and skeptical of this book working, re-reading this book over the years I’ve realized that my own thinking has changed so much. I’ve lost close to 100 pounds and have been able to keep it off successfully. It also shows that Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can be applied to many aspects of our lives to help us, including us therapists!
I have a dog named Mochi, who is some sort of shepherd mix. He was rescued from the county animal shelter and has been quite the character! Unfortunately, we noticed some health issues forming but quickly got him a diagnosis of Cushing’s Disease. Now he’s on expensive medication, and supplements, and has to have frequent pricey blood work to manage his disease. We joke that our dog which cost us $72 from the shelter is now our most expensive dog ever! We love him so much and are so glad the treatments are working, and hope he’ll be with us a long time more.
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