Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), Harm reduction, Interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT), Motivational interviewing (MI), Psychodynamic, Strengths-based
Throughout my 10 year career, I have worked in a variety of settings from high-acuity community mental health and case management to dual diagnosis treatment centers.
In this work, I connect with clients to unlock their internal strengths and voice, utilizing music, art and body movement. Believing knowledge is power, I educate clients on the impact of trauma on the nervous system and help them understand how their bodies have learned how to cope and survive through painful experiences. Through warmth, compassion, nonjudgmental and curious perspectives, I strive to foster a safe and meaningful space for clients to explore, self-discover and heal. Trust and rapport are of primary importance and held sacred in supporting clients through their journeys of recovery.
MSW - Social Work, University of California Los Angeles
I experienced a loved one going through a very severe mental health issue when I was in high school. This sparked an interest in psychology and the mental health system as I wanted to understand more about the human brain, why certain people are more vulnerable to psychological issues, and how to navigate our complex and sometimes frustrating mental health system. Paired with a deep sense of purpose in the work I do, there is endless fascination for me in the field and keeping up with current findings and progressive treatment is stimulating and exciting.
Meditation, both walking and seated, mindfulness-based forms
Prozac Nation by Elizabeth Wurtzel. I first read this memoir at 18 and it the honesty and insight into mental health issues and personality disorders was fascinating and heart-breaking. It was a raw account of the struggles one goes through to connect back to themselves while trying to manage a sometimes confusing mental health system.
The Humane Society. I have a deep love for animals and the chance for animals to be connected to a loving home through this resource is something that fuels me with hope.
I have lots of methods and this depends on my energy level. These include meditation, reflective writing, playing the piano, mindful walking paired with music, running, spending time with my dog, family and friends, art and creative design, going into nature and the wilderness, and sometimes watching ridiculous reality tv shows
I have a 5 year old Husky-Lab-Pitbull mix, 60 pound ball of fluff named Miss Lady, Lady for short. Favorite pet story would have to be when Lady found a tiny ball on the street and this became her favorite toy. She would toss it in the air and the contrast of her large body with this tiny ball was absurd and comical. She demonstrated circus abilities which led me to believe she has in fact worked in a circus setting. When the tiny ball fell apart after her constant chewing of it, it was clear that Miss Lady had lost a treasured companion. However, her circus days are not over.
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