Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Emotionally focused therapy (EFT), Harm reduction, Motivational interviewing (MI), Solution-focused, Strengths-based
I view therapy as a very human process, as well as a very sacred one. While I am theoretically grounded in narrative and postmodern practices, I believe in using an integrated approach including Solution-Focused therapy, Positive Psychology, Motivational Interviewing, Existential-Humanistic Therapy, Family Systems, client-centered therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I believe that positive outcomes stem from working collaboratively with clients to build trusting relationships while attending to every person’s unique needs. When we open up to another person and we make ourselves vulnerable, this is where true growth begins. I believe in individualized care that looks at each client’s unique story. I believe each client is unique and deserves my respect, as well as my compassion. I treat each client not as a combination of symptoms, but as a human being.
BA - Sociology, University of California Santa Barbra
MA - Clinical Psychology, Pepperdine University
I went back to school to become a mental health professional in my early 30's. I worked in the business world but realized my favorite part of any job was the relationships I built and my coworkers and clients and trying to play a part in their happiness. I had always been very interested in both psychology and philosophy, so I decided to commit to a career that felt very meaningful to me; being a therapist.
I enjoy hiking, traveling, history documentaries, and reading. Above all, I love spending time with my family.
I block out 60-90 minutes each day to either go to the gym or to go for a walk on a trail that is near my house.
I would read Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut more than once because it's brilliant and hilarious.
My favorite nonprofit is the Make A Wish Foundation for the incredible joy they bring to children.
I recharge by reading and/or listening to audiobooks, podcasts, and nature/history documentaries.
I have a Siberian Husky named Josi. When I first adopted her we would go to the park late at night after I had got off of work and play fetch. She was always so excited for this.
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