Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic, Solution-focused, Strengths-based
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with experience in residential, partial hospitalization programs, and outpatient levels of care. I have worked with diverse populations within community-based and private settings, primarily treating anxiety, depression, life transitions, personal growth, and women’s issues. My therapeutic style is warm, collaborative, and person-centered as we all have unique backgrounds and needs.
BS - Psychology, University of Arizona
MSW - Social Work, University of Southern California
Choosing the mental health field felt like a natural decision for me. From a young age, I witnessed the effects of untreated mental health challenges from close family members. At this time, there were not many known available resources and the stigma around mental health treatment was pervasive (and although the stigma has lessened over time, it continues to exist). As I journeyed through my undergraduate and master's program, I deepened my interest in psychology, human development/behavior, and relationship dynamics. The more time, education, and training I receive within the mental health field, the more certain I feel about my career choice.
I enjoy being outdoors (hiking, being a tourist in my own city, and the beach), going to the farmer's market, comedy shows, and making pottery, just to name a few!
I am a strong believer in healthy boundaries! I intentionally schedule breaks throughout the day for self-care, snacking, playing with my dog, or some media indulgence.
I have an 8-year-old lab/chow chow mix whose personality has been described as "cat-like". He sometimes makes an appearance on Zoom and you may see him attempting to hunt the occasional housefly!
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