Finding a therapist or counselor isn't always easy. I know how important it is to find someone you can trust.  I use practical feedback and focus on the strengths of my clients to help them reach their goals. I believe that with compassion and understanding, we can all find healing and have a more fulfilling life. With over 10 years of experience (intern & licensed combined) as a Marriage and Family Therapist, my expertise includes: Depression, Anxiety, Grief, Loss, Life Transitions, Crisis Intervention/Trauma, Relationship Issues and Women's Issues.

While I have included my education and experience below, most people find it most helpful talking to me prior to their first session. I am happy to speak with you before you make an appointment by phone at 949-355-1305 or you may contact me here

 

Education

Dominican University - M.S. in Counseling Psychology with a Concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy and 3,000 Internship Hours

San Diego State University - B.A. in Journalism with a Minor in Psychology

Continuing Education/ Post Master's  

Argosy University - PsyD Clinical Psychology Courses

License

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
MFC #48171

 Experience

  • "Big Brothers Big Sisters of the North Bay" (San Francisco Bay Area) - 4 years as a Counselor and over 4 years as a "Big Sister" to a (now) 15 year old girl. She continues to be my "Little Sister". Individual, children and family counseling, dealing with issues such as:  communication/behavioral, family-chaos, substance abuse within the family, domestic violence, depression, anxiety, children with incarcerated parents, crisis-intervention, bipolar illness, and learning disabilities.  
  • "Community Institute For Psychotherapy" - San Rafael, CA - In-depth psychotherapy for adults, children, families and couples. Crisis intervention was included in my work. Worked with clients who were dealing with learning disabilities, bipolar illness, depression, relationship issues, life transitions and grief.
  • University of San Francisco "CENTER FOR CHILD AND FAMILY DEVELOPMENT": San Francisco, CA  - A USF School-Based Family  Counseling Program at Marina Middle School . Provided Counseling to 6th - 8th grade children and their parents, as well as consultation with principals and teachers. Most clients were children who were referred by their teachers for inappropriate behavior. Children were dealing with issues such as depression, learning disabilities, extremely difficult family/home situations, grief, stress and transitional issues.
  • "Family Services Agency of Marin County", San Rafael, CA. Provided Counseling in the "Suicide Prevention Community Program" Provided "Life Skills" training to children (groups and individual) at Loma Verde Elementary School in Novato, CA .Provided Grief Counseling to individuals dealing with depression, anxiety, loneliness, grief, etc.
  •  "Sunny Hills Children's Garden", San Rafael, CA Home-based family therapy with extremely challenging family systems. Provided Counseling with Couples, Families and Children struggling with depression, abuse, "acting-out", alcohol abuse, marital and parent/child conflict and the impact of alcohol abuse on children.  Counseled groups with issues ranging from financial difficulties, relationship problems, alcohol and substance abuse, family difficulties, family/children issues, mental illness, depression and major life transitions.

Professional Affiliations and Accomplishments    

  • "CAMFT" (California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists)
  • "OCCAMFT" (Orange County California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists)
  • "APA" (American Psychotherapy Association) - Member and Board Certified Professional Counselor
  • Psi Chi / The National Honor Society in Psychology
  • Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce
  • Certificate of Achievement Presented by Big Brothers Big Sisters of the North Bay -"Outstanding Service to Children"
  • Completed 30 hours of professional Suicide Prevention training and 30 more hours of Grief Counseling training.