I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California, providing therapy to children, adolescents, and adults, while specializing in anxiety, depression, trauma, and oppositional defiance.
Good therapy is dependent upon a holistic approach, and collaboration between the therapist and client. I believe that each client comes with a unique set of experiences and beliefs that shape them, and that the therapeutic approach should be informed by evidence and research to help the client achieve their desired goals as fast as possible.
I received my Bachelors of Arts degree from California State University Northridge in Psychology, and worked there as a research assistant. After CSUN, I attended Azusa Pacific University and graduated with a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology, with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy. While at Azusa Pacific, I began my internship and worked with children from infancy through 5 years of age, assisting teen parents and their young children in bonding together in a healthy way.
After graduating from Azusa Pacific, I began work at Hillsides in Pasadena, CA, working to improve the well being of vulnerable youth and their familie, in the Full Service Partnership Program. FSP is the highest level of outpatient care before hospitalization, jail, or going to a group home. I was on call 24/7, and assisted clients in stabilizing their symptoms by using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and being eclectic in my approaches to each case. Here, I used evidence-based practices such as Seeking Safety, Managing and Adapting Practices, and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to help my clients decrease their symptoms and gain insight into themselves.
I then began working at Youth Moving On, a program at Hillsides that offers transitional and permanent housing to young adults that are former foster youth or probation youth. In this program, I helped teach clients independent living skills and connected them to many community resources.
I love spending time with my fiancé and our silky terrier Duke, who always keeps us on our toes. I am a sports fanatic, and love to watch my favorite teams play live on T.V. such as the Lakers, Dodgers, UCLA Bruins, Chelsea, and San Diego Chargers. I also love to hike, play sports, and watch my favorite T.V. shows such as The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Vice, House of Cards, and Breaking Bad.