ABOUT HELPING PEOPLE
HEAL, GROW, & THRIVE
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Clinical Art Therapist based in Ventura County, California. My clinical specialty is working with people of all ages who are dealing with adverse life events, divorce, trauma, transitions, depression, and anxiety. I utilize art therapy which allows you to use metaphors, storytelling and the physical act of art-making during your healing and growth process. I integrate art therapy with EMDR and traditional therapy to provide an avenue for you to express your feelings, and connect with your wisdom and capacity for positive growth.
It is my joy to help you find your voice, gain an increased sense of self-worth, learn to advocate for yourself, learn coping skills, and express your feelings and needs in healthy ways. I enjoy helping you deepen your connections with others through helping you improve your communication and develop more appropriate boundaries. This will help you live more authentically and with more freedom, joy, satisfaction, and peace.
I have always been a creative and curious person and have been captivated by people's stories. For my undergraduate studies, I studied Fine Art at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Then, I earned a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy with specialized training in Clinical Art Therapy from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles.
In the process of becoming a therapist, I found the place where my passion for creativity intersected with my love for people. I was delighted to find a way to use the things I was naturally drawn to in order to alleviate suffering and help people lead more connected, whole, and satisfying lives.
During my studies, I worked with clients with chronic mental illness in the intensive outpatient setting. My graduate research explored the use of the Family Art Assessment to identify the relational patterns in the family contributing to children's acting out behaviors so they could be addressed systemically. I worked in a non-clinical setting with children 0-5 years old for five years, and from that experience, I feel very comfortable connecting and working with preschool-aged children.
When not providing therapy, I love spending time with my family, gardening, learning about and pursuing sustainable living, enjoying concerts and movies, going to the beach, being in nature, doing yoga, and painting.
PTSD & TRAUMA RECOVERY
RELIEF FROM DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY
INNER CHILD HEALING
SUPPORT DURING TRANSITIONS
SELF-COMPASSION & SELF-ACCEPTANCE
CLINICAL ART THERAPY
CULTURALLY SENSITIVE THERAPY
LGBT+ AFFIRMATIVE TREATMENT
RACIAL JUSTICE-ALLIED TREATMENT
GRIEF & LOSS SUPPORT
I SPECIALIZE IN:
Some ways you can benefit from therapy:
- heal from difficult experiences
-learn how to set boundaries in order to invest your time and energy in the things and relationships that bring you joy, and to be courageous enough to say "no" to things that are draining to you
-learn how to connect with your feelings and your body's innate ability to heal
-learn how to express your feelings and needs in ways that are kind and direct so you can connect deeper with others and get what you need
-learn what it looks like to lean into your intuition and trust that you know what is best for you, so you can stop second guessing yourself
- learn how to reparent yourself and meet your own emotional needs for love, acceptance, safety and comfort so that you can stop seeking validation from others
-learn how to use mindfulness practices including self-compassion, breath work, and meditation to self-soothe
Want to see if we are a good fit?
Contact me to set up a free phone consultation.