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 clinical experience 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 and specialized training, to work with folx from the LGBTQ and Trans-youth community.
I also work with couples who are working through difficulties in their partnership 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 in private practice as a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (#107844) and Board Certified Clinical Art Therapist (#17-258), I continue to work in community mental health through partnerships with other established clinics and organizations, along with advocacy as a community volunteer with regional and national social justice and human rights organizations. I am fueled by decent coffee, burritos and Korean BBQ (not necessarily together), 90's hip-hop,
my "village", and a desire to be a life-long learner.