After working with many clients facing unexpected grief, uncertainty and pain, I can confidently tell you that I’m pretty comfortable with discomfort. And yes, with time and attention it is possible to feel okay again. 

Sudden changes in one’s life due to death, infidelity, job loss, or other unforeseen circumstances can shake us to the core. Emotions can be erratic and unpredictable, and we often can’t function at work or home like we used to. Pile a stressful job, family obligations and a global pandemic on top of it and it’s no wonder we feel overwhelmed. 

Sudden ruptures in our lives can lead to big questions like: 

  • How did this happen?
  • How did we get here?
  • Will we ever stop feeling like this?
  • What do we do now?
Whether coming in as an individual or as a couple, I am ready to navigate the waters ahead and will help guide you through what may now seem murky and treacherous. 

Healing and growth will happen in layers; I’ve seen it time and time again. Everyone, yes everyone, has intrinsic sanity, strength, and resilience. Part of my job is to enhance these strengths, and figure out what has gotten in your way.

 

I knew from early on that I wanted to be an educator. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies (Education) with a minor in Spanish from California Lutheran University. While an undergrad, I spent a summer studying abroad in Taxco de Alarcón, Mexico. During my gap year I volunteered with AmeriCorps teaching preschool in rural Kentucky. I received my California Teaching Credential and went to work as a teacher for the Cupertino Union School District for 11 years. I hope to brush up on my Spanish!

Contemplating a career change led me to the field of counseling & therapy. I earned my Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Depth Psychology and Marriage & Family Therapy from Pacifica Graduate Institute. During my studies I interned with Hospice of Santa Cruz County, providing individual grief support to adults and youth. My thesis explored depth-oriented studies and somatic techniques to enhance one’s work with the bereaved. I found the experience to be equally meaningful and challenging.
 
My Approach
Therapy is not something that is done to you. It is a collaborative process that we do together. If we end up working together, you are a huge part of the process. I bring expertise based on training and experience. You bring the wisdom of your life and motivation for something different.

Additional Area of Interest
I bring a depth-oriented approach that acknowledges the layers of influence that both our social location and unconscious processes have on whatever issues we are facing. Supporting adults, teens and couples through these challenges requires hefty doses of safety, trust, consent, patience, and curiosity on both part of the therapist and client. I strive to work in a relational and direct way that includes the body, mind and soul of the client. 
 

*Supervised by Jeni Woodfin, LMFT #10744

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ABOUT

  •  Experienced in teaching and working with teens
  • Specializes in trauma, anxiety, depression, and life transitions

EDUCATION

  • BA in Liberal Studies (Education)- California Lutheran University
  • MA in Counseling Psychology- Pacifica Graduate Institute
  • California Teaching Credential- Santa Clara University

TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE

  • Associate MFT: The Camp Recovery Center
  • MFT Intern: Hospice of Santa Cruz County
  • Guest instructor: West Valley College, San Jose State University and Santa Clara County Social Services
  • Program Manager & Instructor: 1440 Multiversity
  • Comprehensive Training Level 1 & 2:  Hakomi Institute of California
  • Innate Somatic Intelligence Trauma Therapy Approach Levels 1-3: Hakomi Institute of California & Embodywise
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy Training: Lane Pederson, Psy.D., LP & PESI, Inc. 
  • A multitude of yoga & mindfulness teacher trainings for adults & kids
  • An 11-year career as an educator for Cupertino Union School District

 

AREAS OF INTEREST

  • Individuals and couples experiencing betrayal trauma
  • Grief/Bereavement for adults & youth
  • Stress and trauma (sudden and/or chronic)
  • Teen and adolescents
  • Work-related issues for teachers, medical professionals and first responders

*Supervised by Jeni Woodfin, LMFT #10744