Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), Interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT), Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), Psychodynamic, Solution-focused, Strengths-based, Relational
Connection, trust, and vulnerability are foundational to a therapeutic relationship. Therefore, as your therapist I seek to establish a warm, confidential, and compassionate atmosphere where you feel seen and heard for who you are and where you are on your path to healing and personal growth. My approach is to encourage and support you as we work collaboratively toward your goals. Using Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), I will help you identify and break away from maladaptive thoughts, feelings, and behavior while incorporating mindfulness practices such as breathing and meditation exercises to help you develop and strengthen your internal resources.
I am also EMDR certified, a modality I implement to help with internal resourcing for panic, anxiety, stress management, and trauma. I have experience working with individuals struggling with anxiety, depression, sexual abuse and trauma, relationship issues, codependency, substance abuse and addiction. I am 12-Step friendly and for those who are interested in incorporating spirituality, I offer faith-based counseling as well.
BA - Social Science, Chapman University
MA - Marriage Family Therapy, Chapman Institute
EMDRIA - Certified Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, EMDR International Assoc.
Therapy Training Center Certification in Integrative Body Psychology - IBP Institute
Most of my enjoyment outside of work stems in connection with others. I enjoy spending time with family and friends either catching up over coffee, going for a relaxing walk by the beach with my husband or a challenging hike amongst the trees in nature with a friend and then there’s playing with my grandkids.
The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel A. Van der Kolk, is one of the many books on trauma and the body that I refer back to in the healing of trauma. It is a rich resource in understanding the mind/body connection in the healing of trauma.
I do a number of things for mental and emotional well-being. Early morning hikes, meditation and journaling are my top three as well as end of the day walks and read.
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