“The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.” –Anna Quindlen
I provide personalized counseling services, wellness groups and creative arts therapy in a private practice setting, allowing clients the opportunity to slow down from their stress an anxiety so they can explore their stories and live more mindful, connected and enriching lives.
I feel honored and humbled to hold a sacred space with my clients as they explore their truth. As a mother and artist, I empathize with the challenges many women face as they struggle through life’s many transitions to find self-compassion, listen to their inner wisdom, identify personal strengths, and honor the many parts of who they are while fighting back against the negative voice that holds them back. I believe that working collaboratively to tap into our innate sense of imagination and creativity can help us in connecting the mind, body, and spirit and create greater meaning in our lives.
Support looks different for everyone. For some, it may mean individual psychotherapy to deeply explore the weight of what is being held in the heart. For others, it may mean utilizing art, music or improvisation to help move past the rational brain that often gets in the way of change making and overcoming fear. My hope is that I am able to support you in the way that feels best for you.
AREAS OF TREATMENT
- life transitions
- creative blocks
- fears of failure and success
- personal growth
- couples preparation for parenthood
- planning for motherhood during pregnancy
- postpartum depression and anxiety
- new parent bonding and attachment
- motherhood identity
- fatherhood identity
- grief and loss
- concerns about child behavior
I view you as a unique individual and believe in tailoring my approach to your needs. I value the ability to really hear and hold the space for you, bringing the added elements of my warmth, creativity and humor. I use an integrated strength-based approach that is collaborative, active and mindful. My practice is welcoming and affirming for LGBTQ+ individuals and families.
- Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #95090
- Registered Drama Therapist #552
I received my Master of Science in Counseling Psychology, MFT emphasis from Mount St. Mary’s University and my Certificate in Drama Therapy from the Drama Therapy Institute of Los Angeles where I am currently an Adjunct Faculty member. I have also completed the Maternal Mental Health Certificate Training with Postpartum Support International to further support mothers and families experiencing perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. I am also a certificated facilitator of “Bringing Baby Home” through the Gottman Institute.
In addition to private practice, I am a Parent & Baby educator at the Pump Station. In the past, I have worked in community mental health, acute psychiatric inpatient hospitals, and residential treatment both as a drama therapist and psychotherapist. Guest lectures have been presented for the 2018 Maternal Mental Health NOW conference, 2018 North American Drama Therapy Association Conference, Cal State LA, USC School of Social Work, and the SoCal Chapter of the North American Drama Therapy Association.
In my free time, I enjoy cross-stitching portraits of women I admire, swimming, performing Playback Theatre, and singing with my kiddo.
North American Drama Therapy Association (NADTA)
SoCal Chapter NADTA (current chapter President)
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
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