I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFC 100681), specializing in depression, stress and anxiety, compassion fatigue, and burnout.
I earned my Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Human Biology from the University of Kansas and Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University. I received my Doctorate in Marital and Family Therapy from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.
For over ten years, I have been providing therapy in school, clinical, and private practice settings. Having worked with hospitals and the judicial system, I have helped a wide variety of people from different communities and cultures. My experience includes at-risk youth, adolescents, teens, and adults with life transition, addiction, anger and stress management, as well as family and interpersonal relationship issues.
Apart from private practice, I train interns and other professionals on the impact of secondary trauma and teach self-care strategies to promote balance between work and personal life.
I believe in an eclectic approach. Therapy is as individual as the reasons why people seek it in the first place whether it is one person, a couple or a family. The discussions and goals for therapy are equally as unique.
We strive for balance in whatever comes our way. Therapy is about learning how we are impacted by situations and learn to become better balanced by managing our emotions through communication, understanding, and flexibility.
I’m an optimist and a realist. I understand that life can be difficult and overwhelming. I also believe in the healing power of honest communication and laughter as mechanisms to get through this wonderful ride we call life. Our issues are not always pretty but trying to find and understand the best version of ourselves can be a beautiful thing.
Working through loss of any kind can be challenging, but my own personal experiences, education, and specified training surrounding trauma have given me insight to help others move forward. Gaining awareness about how to get back some of the safety and security that might have been diminished because of trauma is the goal, and this is done in numerous ways.
I am certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Level 1 trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), therapies designed to alleviate distress associated with traumatic memories. I have specialized experience, training, and expertise in marriage and family therapy, stress management, self-care, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, and life transition issues, as well as compassion fatigue and burnout for working professionals.