My educational journey began with undergraduate studies in the fine arts and psychology; starting at Otis College of Art & Design pursuing fine art photography, and culminating in a Bachelors degree from Pennsylvania State University in psychology. Through my studies and lived experiences, I developed a deeply ingrained appreciation for 'process' in both life and art, which I often emphasize in my work with clients. I went on to earn a Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy with an emphasis in Clinical Art Therapy from Loyola Marymount University, which has perfectly integrated my desires to both work with people, as well as remain engaged in the artistic process. Beyond my regular clinical practice, I am consistently pursuing additional education and training to expand my existing knowledge and skills for the communities which I serve; at present, this includes advanced trauma training, along with a year-long apprenticeship in plant and herbal medicine.
I have experience working with adults and adolescents with depression, anxiety, anger, adjustment disorders, personality disorders, and addiction. As a trained EMDR therapist, I have worked with those who have endured traumatic and other emotionally stressful experiences such as active shooter situations, physical/sexual abuse, grief/loss, gender identity issues, and chronic mental illness.
I am an AAMFT-Certified LGBTQ Affirmative Psychotherapist, with a heart, specialized training, and clinical experience to work with folx from the LGBTQ and Trans-youth community.
I also work with couples and non-dyadic relationships who are working through difficulties in their partnerships or marriage, across a wide variety of issues from differences in communication, libido, and parenting style; to infidelity and recent life events (infertility, adoption, job change, etc.).
In addition to my work as a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (#107844) and Board Certified Clinical Art Therapist (#17-258), I am the founder of The Wellness Arts Collective, and a regular volunteer with regional and national social justice and human rights organizations. When I am not engrossed in clinically-related work, I can be found dropping the regular F-bomb (not solely limited to my 'time off'), power-napping, singing loudly in my car, practicing green witchery, and of course, spending time with my favorite humans and much-hairier-non-humans.