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Who I am

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and hold an advanced certification in alcohol and other drugs. I received my Bachelors Degree in Social Work from Humboldt State University and my Masters Degree in Social Work from Boston University in 2010. I was licensed shortly thereafter. In Massachusetts, I met the man who would become my husband and re-located to San Diego in 2012. Since then, I have worked in the Intensive Outpatient Program at Camp Pendleton and with Veteran Affairs. I feel honored to step 'into the space' with every person who comes to me looking for healing. 

 

Currently in my life, my primary roles are wife, mother and friend to many. My role as a therapist is one that is very close to my heart. I have been working in this field since 2012. I worked with people from all walks of life and with all different life circumstances since 2012 when I switched career paths to become a therapist. In that time, I have had the privilege of working with men and women who have endured wartime trauma,  

Therapies I build my practice around:

  • Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy
  • Prolonged Exposure
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Dialectal Behavior Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Cognitive Processing Therapy

My philosphy on therapy

Beliefs that guide my practice:

  • Each person has the innate ability to heal
  • People often need help in order to recognize and utilize use those abilities - this is where a therapist can be helpful - how will we know if we are not made aware?
  • Nothing is wrong with you! The techniques that you have been using have been helpful for you for a time. (Your body and your brain do not spend energy doing things that are not useful). However, now, they may not be as helpful! (That may be why you are here!)

What you can expect when you walk in my door:

  • A nonjudgmental space where you can feel comfortable
  • A life-affirming genuine therapist

I have always believed that people have the ability within themselves to heal. As a therapist, I bring this perspective to my work and I have seen it time and time again. However, we do not always have the skills needed to use the innate abilities we have to