I have worked as a psychotherapist in a variety of clinical settings including community mental health agencies serving low-income individuals/couples/families, a domestic violence shelter, school-based therapy programs, a private practice, and a "dual diagnosis" treatment facility serving clients who struggle with addiction and co-morbid mental health diagnoses. I have experience working with clients living with depression, anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, substance abuse issues, adjustment disorder, grief, anger issues, chronic stress-related issues, relationship dysfunction, personality disorders, identity questions, and life transition issues.
While each of these experiences has been invaluable, I am particularly passionate about working with clients who are experiencing major life transitions and the complicated emotions that accompany these shifts. This may include the ending of a relationship, a move to a new city, a career transition, or the loss of a loved one. It also may be that you are thinking of making a big change but haven't yet taken the leap. I approach each of my clients from a trauma-informed perspective as - unfortunately - many of us on this planet have been through traumatic experiences in our lives. I also prioritize cultural competence and consider educating myself about cultures outside of my own as an essential part of my job. I understand that choosing a therapist can be stressful - I encourage you to book a free 15-minute consultation with me to see if we're a good match prior to starting treatment!
I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Tufts University in Medford, MA. I then returned to graduate school to earn my Master of Science in Counseling (Marriage and Family Therapy Option) from California State University, Long Beach.
I am a Certified Cognitive Behavioral Therapist with the Academy of Cognitive and Behavioral Sciences. I have also completed a 40-hour Domestic Violence Advocate Training led by The Women's Shelter of Long Beach. I have completed trainings in Motivational Interviewing, Trauma-Focused CBT, and FOCUS for Families (UCLA). I have volunteered abroad with Hope of Children and Women Victims of Violence (HOCW) in Uganda, which provides counseling to East African refugees. In addition to this volunteering experience, I completed a one-month Spanish-language immersion program for mental health clinicians in Trujillo, Peru, with SKIP (Supporting Kids in Peru).