I take an integrated, holistic, strengths-based approach to therapy. Over the past 10 years, I have worked with patients/clients and families of every age and myriad backgrounds. My style is client-centered and adaptable. I believe that you are the expert in your own life and have the tools to meet your goals - my job is to partner with you in applying evidence-based practices to enhance your own toolkit and improve your quality of life.
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Harm Reduction, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic, Relational, Solution-focused, Strengths-based
BA - Psychology, UCLA
BA - Study of Religion, UCLA
MSW - Clinical Social Work, The University of Chicago
Certificate in Health Administration and Policy - The University of Chicago
I became a mental health professional because I genuinely believe that everyone wants to move in the world as their best, happiest, most productive self. I believe people inherently want to maximize their potential and to foster strong, positive relationships with others. I believe everyone has the tools to achieve this, but sometimes needs a trained partner to demonstrate how to best employ their own toolkit.
I became a hospital social worker to specifically help patients and families navigate the complex grief and trauma associated with sudden and/or chronic medical needs. From there I specialized in child welfare for many years as I connected deeply with the opportunity to serve as a child advocate.
I love to cook from scratch, love to meal prep, love perfecting a good crock pot dish. I enjoy researching recipes (especially from my Swiss heritage) and inventing my own. I love to host family and friends in my backyard! I enjoy traveling and exploring new places near to my home and far with my family.
I prioritize waking up before everyone else in my family (even when I don’t want to!), drinking a very hot espresso in silence, and reviewing the day ahead. I am NOT a morning person, so forcing myself to be helps me feel centered.
When my cat Jax was a few months old, he somehow swallowed a dime (remains a mystery to myself and his vet to this day!). Poor guy had to have it surgically removed, which we paid for out of pocket. We kept the dime because it is the most expensive thing we own. His nickname became “J-money”, and I still call him this 7 years later!
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