Therapy is a time for reflection, curiosity, and self discovery. My goal is to help you develop a better understanding of yourself, and to support you in making meaningful changes that will create more ease, enjoyment, and sense of well-being in your life and relationships.

I provide therapy and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) for women living with depression, anxiety, and a history of trauma. I work extensively with women whose childhoods were complicated by abuse, neglect or life changing negative experiences; and with new and expectant moms who are struggling with depression, anxiety, postpartum adjustment, and traumatic stress.

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Making Meaningful Changes

What kind of change are you looking for?  In therapy, change means many things.  I'm here to help you figure out the kinds of changes that are meaningful to you, and to help you integrate those changes into your day to day living.

Encouraging you to be curious about yourself and the concerns that bring you therapy

When something is confusing and doesn’t make sense, getting really curious is a great place to begin. Creating a better understanding of yourself is an important part of what will guide the steps you need to take to improve your relationship with yourself and the people most important to you. I'll collaborate with you to explore and understand what's lead to the struggles you're facing, and how to help you move toward psychological growth, and emotional and behavioral change.

Creating a safe place for you to explore your thoughts and feelings

Therapy and the process of change can feel emotionally risky. You’re facing thoughts and feelings that you hesitate to talk about openly, or are struggling with symptoms and behaviors that are difficult to understand. I take an active role in our conversations, and also listen with an open mind to the problems you’re facing, without blame or judgment. 


Education

Master of Arts, Psychology, Pepperdine University, 2001

Master of Science, Gerontology (the study of aging), Baylor University 1995

Additional Training/Certifications

Attachment Focused Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (AF-EMDR)  Trained by Dr. Laurel Parnell, who developed the model for treating complex childhood trauma.

Los Angeles County Perinatal Mental Health Task Force, Bringing Light To Motherhood, Advanced Clinical Training

Postpartum Support International (PSI), Certificate Training, Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders

Emotionally Focused Therapy(EFT), Four Day Externship, Advanced Clinical Certificate Training for Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy

The Couples Institute, The Developmental Model of Couples Therapy: Integrating Attachment, Differentiation, and Neuroscience in Couple's Therapy, (Level 1) twelve month clinical training program.

Professional Affiliations

California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists

San Gabriel Valley Chapter of the California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists