I truly love to do the work that I do. As a therapist, I have had the opportunity to see how as the grey cloud lifts, people tend to accomplish more than they once thought possible, have a new-found appreciation for who they are as a person, and feel a freedom they at one time did not believe to be attainable. Being able to help guide someone from worry and despair into hope and happiness, continues to inspire me in my therapist role. Above all, my hope as a therapist is to communicate that when you’re ready, support is available.
Since 2013, I’ve worked with people struggling with mental health issues including anxiety and depression. I began my therapy career working in a behavioral health hospital providing therapy to people who were experiencing severe symptoms of mental illness including major depressive episodes, mania, psychosis, and those who were contemplating or had recently attempted suicide. I then worked in community mental health providing clinic and community-based therapy services for clients who were experiencing similar serious symptoms of mental illness including self-harm, suicidality, depression, anxiety, personality disorders, and psychosis.
Throughout my professional career, I have completed training and supervision in multiple therapeutic orientations. This allows me to provide therapy services that are tailored to the specific needs of each client I work with. I frequently incorporate techniques from Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) throughout the process of therapy. Studies have found these evidenced-based forms of treatment to be highly effective in decreasing the intensity of emotions and treating multiple mental health issues including depression and anxiety.
I completed my formal education in San Diego where I received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from San Diego State University and a Master of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology, Marriage & Family Therapy from National University. I additionally maintain a Clinical Membership with the California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists (CAMFT) to remain up to date regarding best clinical practices and emerging research.