I graduated from San Diego State University in 2000 with a Bachelor's degree in Sociology and an emphasis in Social Problems. I worked for a couple of years in the field and decided to pursue my Master's in Marriage and Family Therapy. I graduated from Cal State Dominguez Hills in 2004.
Much of my experience has been working with adolescents and families in a residential treatment center as well as on an outpatient basis. I also have experience working at a community health clinic in San Pedro as well as a mental health agency where I worked with diverse groups of children, adolescents, and adults. I enjoy mentoring and educating others and am currently an adjunct Psychology Professor at Saddleback Community College.
I provide individual therapy for a variety of issues such as: depression, anxiety, adult children of emotionally distant parents, adolescents and adults with ADHD, loss of a beloved pet, bipolar disorder, trauma(PTSD &Complex PTSD) and relationship issues.
I have specialized training in working with members of the military and first responders. As well as specialized training in dissociative disorders.
I believe that the relationship between therapist and client is one that needs safety and trust in order to help the client work through issues in a caring and compassionate environment. I am an inclusive therapist and strive to make every client feel welcome and supported..
Although eclectic in my training, I utilize a trauma informed approach. I am certified in both EMDR and Brainspotting.
In addition to therapy, I also offer EMDR consultation as a Consultant In Training for therapists who wish to pursue certification.
I grew up in San Clemente and love serving members of the community.
I am in network with Cigna, Kaiser and Tricare. My rate is $185 per 50 minute session.