Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #134687
Fear, anxiety, shame, sadness, anger are all a natural part of being human. The way we respond to these feelings is what matters. Our responses define whether we get stuck in a rut, or find our way out. For many of us our instinct is to ignore, or compartmentalize our difficult feelings in the hopes that they disappear. Sadly, these feelings don't go away and can snowball into each other until we're overwhelmed. This can feel like we're drowning, burn out, numbness, or plain old exhausted. Congratulations on taking the first step to feeling better. It takes courage.
I guide my practice with a warm open heart. I use a multicultural, trauma informed approach where we co-create a non-judgmental space that allows you to feel seen and cared for. I aim to center your identity and values. Within the safety of our relationship we will explore feelings and experiences, illuminating forgotten parts and diving deeper into your authentic self.
My practice is a meld of CBT, DBT, and psychodynamic techniques. While I strongly believe in talk therapy, I know it's not for everyone. I also use play therapy, art therapy, and mindfulness techniques during sessions.
This is a LGBTQ+ and BIPOC safe space. I use curiosity around your experience and values to be able to best support your goals.
I earned a Master's Degree in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis on trauma from Sonoma State University. I have 5+ years of experience working with families and teens struggling with various mental health issues. I have counseled people with depression, trauma, anxiety, attachment issues, grief, bullying, suicidality/self-harm, displacement/immigration, and identity development/questioning, amongst other things. My clinical experience includes working with families, high school age teens, LGBTQ+ folks, and adult women
In my spare time, I love hiking with my dog and exploring Northern California's amazing natural beauty. When I'm inside, I curl up under a blanket and devour books as quickly as I can. I generally love being crafty, whether that's knitting or scrapbooking, but my newest obsession is watercolors. As much as I love all these activities, sometimes I want nothing more than a few hours to watch TV and relax.
Supervised by Aaron Mills LMFT #116056