Welcome! Whether you are looking for therapy for yourself or your relationship, I recognize how difficult it may be to take this first step.
Sometimes it can be the hardest part, but we all have times in our lives when we need support and help to find our way. I believe it is a sign of strength to recognize this and take steps toward healing and a greater sense of health and well-being. In my practice, I strive to create a safe space where clients can find the support they need to heal and grow. It is possible to feel alive again, to find comfort and peace in your relationships, and to create the life you truly long for.
I am a fully Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in individual and couples therapy. I have a masters degree in counselor education from Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. I have twenty years of experience as a therapist, working with clients of all ages and with a variety of presenting problems. Among my areas of expertise are treating anxiety, depression, marital issues, providing parenting support, addressing step-parenting/blended family issues, stress management, and helping people deal with difficult life transitions such as divorce, job changes, and grief/loss. I also enjoy working with women’s issues and young adults as they navigate the unique challenges they face today. I am an active member of the California Association for Marriage and Family Therapists.
I love what I do and feel deeply honored when a client chooses to partner with me in the therapeutic process. I believe in the healing power of therapy and the critical role that the therapeutic relationship can play in facilitating growth and change. I strive to create a compassionate environment where clients feel free to express themselves. I would describe my counseling style as warm and down to earth.
I am interactive and strengths-based in my approach to therapy and I customize treatment to each individual or couples’ needs. I don’t “just listen”. I provide support and practical feedback to help clients create change. I utilize interventions from the following therapeutic approaches; emotion focused therapy, cognitive behavioral, solution-focused, narrative, family systems, dialectical behavior therapy, and Gottman methods (research-based therapeutic interventions for couples/parents).