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 ensure you understand the process of therapy. Early on, we will clarify your long-term goals and collaborate to create a treatment plan tailored to your needs. We'll identify what has worked in the past, and I may share my thoughts and perspective. We'll explore your strengths and identify your support system 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 feelings and needs and practice communicating them (compassionately) to the significant people in the client's life. I also use Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) to uncover how a client's belief system is influencing their emotions. I have Sandplay and art therapy tools that clients of all ages can use to provide space for the unconscious to come into the present. I look forward to supporting you on your path toward wholeness and healthy functioning. Specializations: Art therapy, Sandplay therapy, REBT, Nonviolent Communication, older adults, 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)