COUNSELING EDUCATION AND BACKGROUND
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, and Adjunct Professor at Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology.
My passion for helping others began early in life, having always been interested in people, relationships, and the process of healing and growth. I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services, with a minor in Women’s Studies, at California State University, Fullerton in 2002. I attended graduate school at CSUF as well and earned a Master of Science Degree in Counseling with an emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy in 2005. While in graduate school, I worked as an assistant to a naturopath physician and acupuncturist, an experience which provided a compelling argument to the truth of the mind-body connection and the powerful impact that one’s emotional world has on their physical health. My clinical experience and knowledge was deepened in the twelve years I spent at Laura’s House, a non-profit organization helping those affected by intimate partner violence. Working with abused women and men led me to search for techniques that could help individuals heal quickly, safely, and completely. I continue to be a visiting lecturer on “The Dynamics of Domestic Violence” for the Laura’s House Domestic Violence Advocacy Training as well as a Continuing Education Faculty member for Gerry Grossman Seminars.
I believe profound and lasting change emerges through the use of client-centered and holistic methods, integrating traditional psychotherapy theories and practice with alternative approaches. Additionally, a safe and compassionate therapeutic relationship is of great importance in fostering healing. Early life experiences may also be explored as helpful tools in the identification of barriers to achieving one’s goals.
Mind-Body/Holistic Therapy Training
I am formally trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) and a certified practitioner of Healing from the Body Level Up (HBLU). I am also trained in mind-body techniques such as Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) or “tapping”, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), and Enneagram Personality Typing. Additionally, I am a devoted yoga practitioner, which adds to my understanding of mindfulness, meditation, and body awareness.