I am a person-centered therapist, meaning that I truly believe in your capacity to heal and thrive. I recognize that there is more to you than what you are going through, and I work with you as the whole person that you are. I also believe that you are the expert of you. You have the answers within yourself, and I will work with you to find them.
Because every human is different, I take an eclectic approach to therapy. I incorporate a wide array of therapeutic techniques in order to best fit you as an individual. I pull from cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), humanistic, narrative, solution-focused, and Gestalt therapies. I am also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), a therapy that is very effective in treating trauma.
I have over 10 years of experience working with children, teens, and families. I entered the field as a behavior interventionist, utilizing Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) in the schools and homes of clients diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Down Syndrome, and other developmental disorders. I also taught English to preschool through sixth grade students in two primary schools in Madrid, Spain. Since returning to California, I have worked at primary and secondary schools to provide therapy, counseling, and consultations. Through this experience, I have gained knowledge and experience with Education Code and have advocated for students and parents. I also have extensive experience working with trauma, anxiety, depression, grief and loss, relationships, difficult behaviors, self-esteem, anger, and stress.
I earned my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at California State University, Long Beach, and my Master of Science in Counseling at California State University, Fullerton. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT107252) and a Certified Yoga Instructor (RYT-200).