I don't take for granted the strength and vulnerability it takes to enter into therapy; and as a clinician, my goal is to meet you where you are and help to create an environment that allows for both authentic exploration and fostering trust that there is an opportunity for healing and growth. In working together, I hope that my calm, curious, and intentional communication style helps you to feel heard, understood, and supported throughout our time together.
My areas of specialization are working with couples to address relational conflict, repair broken trust, and foster increased intimate connection using an approach called Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). In my work with individuals, I utilize Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and other evidence-based therapies to help clients gain increased insight into the stressors and challenges they are facing, in order to develop meaningful strategies and goals to help them live more fulfilling and engaged lives.
MS - Counseling (Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling Option - with Distinction), California State University, Fresno
I have always had a fascination with wanting to understand and connect with people, which initially led to me earning my BA in Communication where I developed an interest in studying interpersonal communication. Later, I realized that I wanted to do more with this understanding in order to help others, which guided me on the path to becoming a mental health clinician.
Outside of work, I enjoy spending my time going to concerts and music festivals, exploring new foods and restaurants, as well as picking up a new game of the board, card, and video variety.
I believe in the importance of transitions and boundaries, especially when it comes to work-life balance. The way I signal this transition to myself on a daily basis is by changing out of my work clothes and into my favorite outfit, shorts, and a t-shirt. Whether it is triple-digit temperatures or what feels like sub-zero weather, being able to change into shorts after a long day is one of the best feelings in the world for me.
Depending on the type of recharging needed, I may take some alone time to rest up and spend time on my hobbies. If the need is to recharge socially, I will spend time with those closest to me catching up over a meal, shared activity, or show.
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