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 children, adolescents, and adults who are dealing with adverse life events, divorce, trauma, transitions, low self-esteem, depression, and anxiety. I utilize art therapy which allows my clients to use metaphors, storytelling and the physical act of art-making during their healing and growth process. I integrate Art therapy with EMDR and talk therapy to provide an avenue for clients to express their feelings, and connect with their wisdom and capacity for positive growth.
It is my joy to help my clients find their voice, gain an increased sense of self-worth, learn to advocate for themselves, learn coping skills, and express themselves in healthy ways. I enjoy helping clients
deepen their connections with others through helping them improve their communication and develop
more appropriate boundaries. This helps them 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