My passion for working with teens and young adults has guided my career path up and I am thrilled to continue my clinical work as a part of BACA’s Intensive Outpatient Program.
I was raised in Santa Cruz, California and I am a life-long resident of the beautiful California coast. Aside from my work, I enjoy exploring outdoors, yoga, reading and dancing to live music.
I am a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern (MFTi) with the Board of Behavioral Sciences, supervised by Virginie Goldstein, MS, LMFT #45547. I received my Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from John F. Kennedy University in San Jose, CA and my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
My pre-license clinical work includes experience with youth and teens who have struggled with challenges of various mental health diagnoses, academic difficulties, substance use and legal issues. I provided individual, group, and family therapy services with Santa Clara County Mental Health Department at an outpatient clinic in Sunnyvale, CA and with East Side Union High School District at Santa Teresa High School in San Jose, CA. I was a group facilitator at Expressive Arts Camp with John F. Kennedy Community Counseling Center in Sunnyvale, CA and a volunteer youth mentor with United Way in Santa Barbara, CA.
My therapy approach is flexible and adaptable to meet teens and families where they are at. I focus on using client strengths and natural resources to guide treatment and I enjoy supporting individuals in self-discovery by searching for areas of untapped motivations, abilities, and aspirations. I believe that we all have the ability to change and I want to empower clients to regain strength and hope for creating the lives they want to live. I know from personal experience how daunting it can be to open up to a stranger to work on personal issues and my goal is to provide a safe and nurturing space where therapy is a respectful, nonjudgmental, and collaborative process. I use evidence-based practices that draw from modalities of solution focused therapy, strengths based interventions, expressive arts, and mindfulness techniques. I emphasize a holistic approach to mental health counseling and I believe in healing the mind-body-spirit connection in order to achieve optimal mental health and self-fulfillment.
I look forward to continuing my personal and professional growth as a clinical team member here at Bay Area Children’s Association!