I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFC 48842) with more than 10 years of experience working with children, teens, and families in both private practice and school-based settings. I received my Bachelors from Eastern Illinois University and have a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University. I strongly believe that access to quality mental health services is critical for today’s youth and am so happy to support the comprehensive and collaborative mission at BACA.
Prior to joining BACA, I was a key contributor in the growth and development of Counseling and Support Services for Youth’s (CASSY’s) elementary school program. CASSY is a non-profit agency with the mission of providing quality mental health services at school. My focus was working with various districts in the Bay Area to design programs that offer on-campus counseling to support students in being successful at school. I also provided clinical supervision and training to intern level therapists on their path to becoming licensed clinicians. My own clinical training came from two Bay Area mental health agencies, Seneca Family of Agencies and EMQ Families First, where I supported children with severe behavioral and emotional concerns in the school environment. It was through this training that I was able to see first hand the benefits of early intervention and comprehensive mental health services.
My clinical interests include relationships, parenting, communication, and family, educational, and community systems. I provide a warm and empathic environment for clients to express themselves in a way that feels most comfortable to them. I draw from various clinical theories including Cognitive Behavioral and Solution Focused and offer a variety of interventions such as mindfulness, art, and play. I like to support clients in trying on new ways of being in this world so they may be successful in their relationships and endeavors.
In my free time I enjoy exploring the Bay Area, running, hiking, and spending time with family and friends.