The purest form of joy in my life is connecting with others in a meaningful way. I am a registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, wife, nature-lover, and mother to two teen daughters. When we meet, I will focus on establishing trust and rapport, and help you understand the process of therapy (especially if this is your first time working with a therapist). During the first sessions, we will clarify your long-term therapy goals and collaborate to create a customized treatment plan tailored to your unique needs. I will ask you what has worked in the past, reflect and clarify those statements, and share my thoughts and perspective. We'll explore your strengths and identify your support systems (strengths-based approach) to ensure you are supported outside the therapy office. Strong feelings are often the result of unmet needs, so I use my training in Nonviolent Communication to work with clients to clarify those needs and communicate them (compassionately) to significant people in the clients' lives. I also offer Sandplay and art therapy for clients of all ages, as a means to access insight into your feelings and relationship dynamics. I also offer art journaling and altered books techniques to clients to help them explore images, thoughts, feelings, and color, in a safe and private way. We'll explore attachment theory, somatic (body) awareness, cognitive distortions, patterns of thoughts/behaviors, and more, as we journey together toward wholeness and healthy functioning. Specializations: Art therapy, Sandplay therapy, REBT, Nonviolent Communication, teens, the elderly, supporting loved ones with chronic health issues, and supporting aging parents.
My educational background includes:
- Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from California State University Chico, California (Dec. 1999)
- Master of Science in Counseling from California State University Northridge, California (Dec. 2003)