As long as I can remember, from the time I was very young, I wanted to make life better for the people around me. As a teen, I knew that one way to do that was through the field of psychology. I have had a wonderful mentor that helped me navigate how to make my desire a reality. I also consider my desire a deeply spiritual calling, which was always a major emphasis in my family, growing up. My work in this field is very meaningful to me. And I believe that it has made life better for those with whom I work. I believe in the healing journey, and stay current in my own healing process.
I graduated from the University of San Francisco Counseling Psychology program in 2002. From there, I was a family counseling intern at The Meadows – an amazing inpatient psychiatric and addiction treatment clinic. Later I worked as an intern at the CSUC psychological counseling center. Then, at an agency working mostly with children and adults from difficult backgrounds. I completed my intern hours at Aegis methadone clinic in Chico. I was licensed in 2008. Since then I contracted with a local partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient program. I started my private practice in 2011.
My training mostly focused on Psychodynamic, Cognitive Behavioral, and Family Systems therapies. In 2011 I also became fully trained to practice EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. You may read about it at EMDRIA.org). It was the piece I needed to bring all my training and experience together. I love practicing EMDR and have found it to be a highly effective therapy to compliment what I already practiced. The EMDRIA association conferences are wonderful and, in my practice, I have seen people reach internal clarity in ways that otherwise might have taken many years, if ever.
I also love sharing my knowledge, training, and inspiration through writing and teaching. In the past few years I have given several talks, for which I have had very good feedback. I have written a daily guided journal called “365 Days – A Guide To Healing, Improving Relationships, and Spiritual Growth” (Available on Amazon). I am also looking forward to a time when I design and implement some local workshops.
I am a wife and mother of two wonderful children. I am also a best friend, daughter, and sister. Those in relationship with me have all been my teachers and supporters. I couldn’t have grown to the place I am in my life and career without them, and I am extremely grateful. Relationships are a giant mixed bag of fun, terrible, love, fear, excitement, and grace. And I wouldn’t want to do life without them.