About Me

I specialize in working with children, teenagers, and adults who have experienced trauma.  Trauma can include a variety of things including physical, emotional, sexual or any other type of abuse, such as being raped or attacked; witnessing or experiencing something terrible such as a car accident or the trauma of combat deployment; military sexual trauma (MST); the death of a loved one; or many other difficult life experiences.

I employ evidence-based practices and utilize Attachment Theory (John Bowlby) and Structural Family Therapy (Salvador Minuchin). I work from a family system's approach, which means I prefer you and someone close to you attend therapy together.  Change is most effectively reached with the help of those closest to us; our family, whomever they may be. This can sound scary to many people but I see this as the most efficient and resourceful way to create positive, lasting change and healing.



 

Experience


Much of my clinical experience has been with children, teenagers, and families involved with Child Protective Services (CPS), the foster care system, juvenile probation, substance abuse, and the military.  In addition to my private practice, I work with the homeless veteran community and Navy Reserve.  The majority of my clients have been OEF/OIF combat veterans and victims of military sexual trauma (MST), most of whom have been diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

 

Licensure

I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) in the state of California, MFC 52111.

 

Education


I earned my Bachelor's degree in Psychology with a minor in Human Development and Family Science from The Ohio State University.  I then explored the field of mental health further and came upon Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT), which was the perfect fit for me because I was not only working with patients individually but as a relational unit.  I completed my Master of Arts degree in MFT at Alliant International University in Sacramento.  I became very involved in the research component of MFT and completed my Doctorate of Psychology in MFT from Alliant in San Diego.

 

Diversity

I am comfortable working with the LGBTQ population, including those questioning their sexuality and/or gender identity.  I work with individuals and families from a variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds.  Additionally, I have experience treating anger management and addiction to substances such as drugs and alcohol and/or behaviors such as gambling or other compulsions.

 

Training

I have received training through the following programs:

  •     Sacramento Assessment Center, Level 11 group home for incarcerated teens/dependents of the court with mental health issues. (Sacramento, Ca)

  •     Panacea Inc. Outpatient substance abuse and anger management treatment for teens. (Sacramento, Ca)

  •     Child & Family Institute. Outpatient therapy for children and families involved with CPS, foster care, and adoption. (Sacramento, Ca)

  •     San Diego Youth Services. I worked in an evidenced-based, behavioral modification program for foster youth. (San Diego, Ca)

  •     Veterans Village of San Diego. Residential substance abuse treatment facility for homeless veterans. (San Diego, Ca)

  •     US Navy Reserve, Psychological Health Outreach Program, Southwest Region. Outreach program for Navy Reservists and their families. (San Diego, Ca)

  •     US Navy, Fleet and Family Support Program. Counseling for Service Members and their families. (San Diego, Ca)

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