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Every time I'm asked why I became a therapist, I answer in a slightly different way. Many roads led me here, and for that I am grateful. I carry a deep respect and appreciation for my clients, and stand in awe of their bravery as they face painful subjects. I bring offerings of tools and suggestions, and trust each individual's own process of growth. Self-acceptance and self-compassion are topics I return to frequently, as these are some of the most valuable tools we have in navigating the trials of life. My own life has been touched deeply by learning to be on my own side and treat myself with kindness.
With the opportunity to slow down and turn inward that our work together will provide, we'll explore the stories that influence your life, tap into the wisdom of the body, and take note of the belief systems that shape your reality. As the ability to mindfully observe your experience increases, so will your opportunities to make choices that align with your highest self. It is my hope for you to feel a sense of aliveness, wholeness, and excitement for life. Many of us are familiar with survival mode. What could be possible for you if you could find a new way of being?
Modalities I Incorporate Include:
Brainspotting, somatic practices, mindfulness, narrative therapy, CBT, DBT, ACT. I view therapy through a humanistic and person-centered lens. I value cultural humility and inclusivity and welcome individuals from all walks of life in my practice. 
I have approximately 10 years of clinical experience. I have worked in residential, school-based and clinic settings with clients throughout the lifespan.
Areas of Special Interest Include:
Parenting Challenges: Working with parents or caregivers to manage the triggers that may arise when caring for little ones. Supporting parents who are attempting to 'break cycles' of the past by parenting in a different way than they were parented.
Perinatal Mood Disorders: Offering support around managing mood and anxiety symptoms upon the arrival (or upcoming arrival) of a new baby. Normalizing challenges and encouraging self-care.
Highly Sensitive People: Guidance and empowerment in learning to 'own' the trait of high sensitivity and embrace its many gifts.
Childhood Anxiety: Supporting self-confidence and building bravery to face fears.
Adult Recovery from Complex Trauma: Providing space to acknowledge and tend to past hurts. Bringing love and care to the needs of the inner child.

As for me as a human being? I love to laugh, enjoy a long walk in nature, am a bit of a book nerd, and am a mother and wife. I enjoy a good Netflix hit as much as the next person, and am a human-in-progress just like anyone, perfectly imperfect and learning to be okay with it.

Education & Credentials:
Bachelor of Arts in Literature from UC Santa Cruz, 2007
Masters of Social Work from the University of Southern California, 2013
Licensed with the Board of Behavioral Sciences since 2017 (LCS #80605)

Topics of Advanced Training:
Brainspotting Phases I&II, Certificate in Integrative Somatic Trauma Therapy, Attachment and Family Systems Therapy, Mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, LGBTQIA+ Affirming Care, Maternal Mental Health, Play Therapy.

My development as a therapist is always ongoing. If you have any questions about my education or experience, and how they might fit for your needs, please feel free to ask.

"The dark does not destroy the light; it defines it. It's our fear of the dark that casts our joy into the shadows." -Brene Brown

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