My journey as a healing practitioner began nearly 20 years ago. With an undergraduate degree in Sports Medicine from Pepperdine University, in 1997 I began what became a successful massage therapy practice. Through my work with clients I came to understand the deep connection that exists between the body and mind. I recognized that many of the more profound healing shifts that occurred for my clients happened when their bodywork was coupled with dialogue, exploring the discrepancies that often existed between the inner landscape of their psyches (their personal truth) and their outer worlds (the lives they were living). Inspired by this, and wanting to expand my capacity to facilitate growth and healing experiences for others, I returned to school to pursue further training.
I received my masters in counseling psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, North America's foremost institute for the study of depth psychology. I began my clinical career in 2008 at Pasadena Mental Health Center, working with adults, children, couples, and families from a wide range of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds in the Pasadena/Altadena area and surrounding communities. Since then, I have established my own private practice and continue to serve individual adults, adolescents/teens, young adults, and couples facing a variety of issues.
I consider it an honor to do what I do. Committed to deepening and expanding my skills as a therapist, I continue to pursue advanced, post-graduate training in a variety of modalities. I have completed specialized training in both Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), a structured approach to couples therapy and Somatic Experiencing (SE), a psychobiological method for resolving trauma symptoms and relieving chronic stress. For more information about these specific approaches see my "Specializations" website page.