Many people are super ambivalent when deciding whether or not to see a therapist. But why in 2018 is therapy still stigmatized? How can you decide whether or not it's good for you? Half the battle is finding someone who's a good fit.

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Going to therapy doesn't mean you're broken, bad, that something's wrong with you, or that you're "crazy". It means that you want to make changes, understand yourself, loved ones, and the world more, and help your life it be more like what you know it could be. It means you recognize that everyone needs someone sometimes, that no one can be "the rock" all the time, and that shouldering the burden alone eventually takes it toll on even the strongest of people. It takes strength and courage to take this step; this is a victory!

I focus my work in two main areas: trauma and eating disorders. I use Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy, which is a highly effective method for treating many different issues, including trauma and ED. It helps put old memories to rest that may actually be at the heart of your difficulties in daily life! Regardless of whether you've experienced common or not-so-common trials in life, we can work to put those experiences and memories in the past so you don't have to carry them into the future.

You're the ultimate expert on you. If you're ready to invest in yourself, you can learn to look inside and view yourself with kindness, compassion, and curiosity. My hope for you is that you find meaning, happiness, peace, and joy. I'd love to accompany and support you.


EDUCATION
California State University, Fullerton
Masters of Science in Counseling
Recipient of the 2017 "Excellence as a Counselor" Award from the Department of Counseling
Ave Maria University
Bachelor of Arts in Music (Voice)

SPECIALIZED TRAINING
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) - Eligible for Certification
Basic & Advanced Trainings completed
Recent Traumatic Events Protocol (R-TEP) trained
Group Traumatic Events Protocol (G-TEP) trained

EXPERIENCE
I currently work full-time at a PHP/IOP for eating disorder treatment. I also have experience in residential treatment.
I have past experience working in an LA County juvenile hall, and in a PHP/IOP setting for substance use.
I have also worked in community mental health clinics treating people of diverse ages, ethnic backgrounds, and presenting issues.

RESEARCH
In partial fulfillment of my masters degree, I conducted a qualitative research study on the experiences of expert clinicians who use EMDR
to treat dissociative identity disorder (formerly known as multiple personality disorder).

PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing International Association (EMDRIA)

BOARD OF BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES REGISTRATION INFORMATION
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 113637)