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Are you tired of fighting for perfection? To be the best employee, parent, partner, and friend. To always go the fastest, hardest, and for the longest. Do you have an inner critic who is constantly tearing you down? Maybe you struggle with a list of everything that you feel like you "should" be.... there's the type of job you should have, the sort of relationship that you should be in, the life stage that you should have already mastered, or the type of parent or partner that you should be. Hell, maybe it's even telling you how you should be spending your weekends, how you don't deserve to take a break, or how if you just pushed yourself a little harder, you'd finally get there (wherever "there" even is!).
You're great at helping other people accept themselves, but for some reason you can't make those same rules apply to you. I get it. We all have our "shoulds". But the problem with listening to them is that so much of the time, we find no matter how hard we try, we come up short.
I work with my clients to reduce feelings of anxiety, depression, inadequacy, and dissatisfaction by examining where these voices comes from, and why you've been listening to them for so long. Together, we can eliminate false narratives about what you "should" be, and instead learn about who you truly are.
My clients often tell me that I'm different from other therapists that they've had. My style of therapy is directive and collaborative. I don't just listen, but I actively engage with you- asking questions, offering strategies, and challenging unhelpful patterns and tendencies. My goal is that you leave every session feeling greater clarity and more hopeful about lasting change. And if you don't, I want to work with you to figure out why, and how to get you there.
I'm down to earth and practical, and the work we do will be strength based and solution focused.. This means that we focus on what works, rather than what isn't working.
In treatment, we’ll work together to help me gain an understanding of who you are within the context of your life experiences. We'll confront fears and break through old patterns as we figure out how to quiet the critic while creating a more helpful inner dialogue. You'll learn that self-compassion isn't complacency, and that it's okay to slow down.
Education and Training
It’s important for you to have information on your therapist’s background and training. I received my BA in Creative Studies with a minor in Education and Applied Psychology from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Following this, I received training in Applied Behavioral Analysis and trauma focused therapy at The Help Group in Los Angeles, where I provided early intervention to children on the autism spectrum as well as milieu therapy to children and adolescents dealing with complex trauma and PTSD.
I completed my Master’s of Social Work from San Jose State University in 2010. As part of my graduate training, I worked with Mission Mental Health in San Francisco where I provided therapy, crisis intervention, and case management to adults dually diagnosed with substance abuse and severe psychiatric disorders. I also obtained my Pupil Personnel Services credential, certifying me to provide mental health services in school settings, and giving me specific insight and expertise into the psychosocial challenges faced by my school age clients.
Upon completion of my Master’s, I returned to Los Angeles where I spent the next eight years working with the non-profit Family, Adult, and Child Therapies (FACT). Founded in the 1990’s FACT specializes in providing comprehensive support and mental health services to individuals on the autism spectrum and their families. In my time at FACT, I supervised their school based services, provided assessment and diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders and managed their clinical intern program. During my last several years at FACT, I successfully developed their outpatient mental health clinic expanding the clinical scope beyond autism services and into general mental health including treatment of severe anxiety, mood disorders, eating disorders, and parenting support.
In 2017 I left my position as FACT’s Clinical Director to focus on my private practice full time. In my private practice, I see families, couples, and individuals of all ages and with a variety of diagnoses . I focus on working with anxiety in children and adults, autism spectrum disorders, and maternal mental health including prenatal and postnatal anxiety and mood disorders.