I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of California. I specialize in treating children with anxiety, depression, aggression, parent-child relational issues, trauma, and attention-deficits. I am dedicated to my work with children and utilize therapeutic play activities to help children increase self-awareness of thoughts, needs, and feelings, build social skills, and learn emotion-regulation techniques to reduce problematic behavior.
My goal is to connect with both parent and child, build a child’s sense of self, and strengthen the relationships in a child’s life. I believe connecting with a child and truly entering their world will allow for an optimal place for learning and growth to occur. I am adamant about collaborating with parents, teachers, and other significant parties in a child’s life in order to create a lasting positive impact for a child.
I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Family Studies & Human Development and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Arizona. Prior to earning my Master’s degree, I held various positions in the field of psychology where I provided support to children on the spectrum, adult women with eating disorders, children of divorce and changing families, and children who had experienced domestic violence.
I went on to complete a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and graduated magna sum laude from the University of Southern California. As a graduate student, I held a position as a trainee at Vista Del Mar Child & Family Services non-public school site providing individual and group counseling for children and adolescents with severe emotional and behavioral challenges, learning disabilities, and developmental delays.
After earning my Master’s degree, I began working as a Marriage and Family Therapist Associate at Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic. I worked with children from the age of birth to five years old and their families providing community based mental health services to address a variety of presenting issues. I became trained in two evidence-based practices: Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) for children and their caregivers who have experienced trauma and as a result display problematic symptoms: as well as Triple P Positive Parenting Program focusing on helping parents build skills to help manage children’s challenging behaviors. As an Early Intervention Outpatient Therapist, I incorporated my personal interests in therapy through expressive techniques including play, art, movement, sensory activities, and mindfulness.
I am currently enrolled in UCSD’s Play Therapy Certificate Program where I am working towards obtaining a credential as a Registered Play Therapist through the American Association of Play Therapy. In my free time, I love to travel and have traveled to 25 different countries. I also love dancing, hiking, yoga, going to the beach, attending live music shows, spending time with family and friends, and watching my favorite T.V. shows (This Is Us, The Office, Shameless, Parenthood, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Masters of None, and Love).