I was drawn to the field of psychology as a second career after facing my own life challenges. I was so moved by my own personal growth from participating in therapy that I went back to college to become a psychotherapist.
My first career as a photojournalist allowed me to interact with many new people each day. I learned to develop a deep rapport with a diverse population of people in a variety of settings. I loved my job and meeting new people, listening to their stories, and photographing them to display their dignity and true spirit. Now, I focus on helping you to embrace and display your true self.
I completed a Master's of Science degree in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling at California State University, Sacramento in 2004. My counseling career began with a volunteer position as co-facilitator for the Children's Bereavement Art Groups in Sacramento in 1998. In 2001, I began working as a crisis counselor serving individuals who were victims of physical and sexual assault.
I went on to work in other settings, including a foster family agency, county mental health services, and a community counseling clinic serving youth and adults.
I incorporate some of my background in writing and art into the therapeutic process when appropriate for the client. Talking about your feelings, thoughts, and experiences can be overwhelming at times, and having a different form of expressing yourself may be a positive option for you.
I also have completed advanced professional trainings to treat specific issues, including mood disorders, trauma, co-dependency, military life and veteran needs, LGBT affirmative therapies, high conflict relationships, art and play therapies, attachment disorders. I draw from the following theoretical approaches, psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, family systems, experiential, mindfulness, and narrative theories.
Below are two guest blog posts that provide some background information about my life journey and why I'm so passionate about helping people get the support they need to feel better.
Reprinted from the newsletter and website of Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA), this is a short autobiography about my life experiences with mental health issues. Click here to read.
As a survivor of loss due to suicide, I wrote a guest blog for PsychCentral online magazine to help others understand the unique differences with this kind of grief. Click here to read.