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. As an entrepreneur myself, I am particularly passionate about working with entrepreneurs who are feeling the effects of stress and burnout in their career and personal lives.
As a coach, I have worked with clients who are feeling burned out and lost in their careers and/or life in general. Many of my clients have had that nagging feeling that I once had while working in corporate America - that there had to be something more than all of this. My clients tend to be high achievers who become prisoners of their own success - they know how to get the promotion, the raise, and the praise - but they intuitively know that they are not living in alignment with their core values and passion. My coaching approach incorporates work from high performance coaches including Brendon Burchard, Lewis Howes, and Marie Forleo. I also incorporate positive psychology and neuroscience strategies to help clients feel excited about and engaged in their lives again.
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 am a provider of Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), trained through EMDR Consulting (and EMDRIA-approved training provider). 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).