When struggling through some challenging times in my own life, I was lucky enough to meet someone who was able to support me through a deep process of transformation and change. I was provided with a big, allowing space where everything I both loved and hated about myself was accepted and safe to encounter. From that space, I could find freedom from painful stories that were no longer helping me to live the centered, satisfying life I craved.
This experience is what brought me to the work I do with clients today and the way I approach it.
I hold my role as a guide, support and witness to your healing process with an attitude of honor and trust— trust in your capacity to know and find answers within yourself, in my own experience and skills; and in the work that we will do together.
I have training in many different healing modalities that I enjoy integrating into our work, including Expressive Arts Therapy, Transpersonal therapy, Ecopsychology, Depth Hypnosis, Integrated Energy Medicine, and Mindfulness-based counseling.
I’ve worked in a number of community mental health settings, including residential treatment centers, multi-service agencies for youth and adults, and schools; as well as private practice settings. My special interest is in the reclaiming of identity and self development, particularly around race, gender, sexual orientation and age.
I believe it’s important to pay attention to the stories and messages we receive, often very early in life, from families, peers and the larger cultural context, to bring greater understanding of how they impact our current lives, relationships and work. I love working with clients to rewrite their own meaning and worth, while letting go of damaging stories passed down from media and the larger world community.
I grew up with writing, poetry and dance. They were the creative outlets that saved me in many ways; primarily as a safe place to have full expression but they also provided me with a way to get comfortable with uncomfortable feelings (performance nerves!) and showed me it was okay to use my voice and be seen. I still actively engage in my own creative and artistic endeavors and continue to learn even more about myself.
I have a mindfulness and nature-based spiritual practice to support my own ongoing personal growth as well. I spend quite a bit of time outside with my dog, Bolo, who you may meet in session from time to time.
15+ years counseling adults, families, children and adolescents
Co-facilitator and consultant for community wellbeing with organizations such as including Move to End Violence, Summer Search for Youth and LEAF Arts Organization
Presenter and workshop facilitator at 2012 International Expressive Arts Therapy Conference in Lima, Peru
- Training in spirituality, trauma and Somatic Experiencing with Dr. Peter Levine
Training & Credentials
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist with California Board of Behavioral Sciences
Masters in Counseling Psychology, emphasis in Expressive Arts Therapy from CIIS
Certified Hypnotherapist in the Spiritual Counseling Practice of Depth Hypnosis
BBS certified Clinical Supervisor
Member of California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists
International Association of Expressive Arts Therapists
Women’s Therapy Center