I am excited to join BACA’s newest Menlo Park team as a clinician with both Outpatient and IOP programs. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from CIIS, with a concentration in Community Mental Health.
Prior to joining BACA, I received over 6 years of invaluable clinical training in outpatient, residential, school-based, and juvenile justice settings, which only solidified the pleasure I find in working with young people, especially those who are particularly struggling and do not yet have the words to explain their experience or struggle. I feel honored to be their witness and guide, by meeting them just as they are in any given moment, and helping them to find their direction, in a way that feels most genuine to them. I enjoy the refreshing honesty young people possess, even when it can be challenging to hear.
In my previous position at Edgewood Center for Children and Families, I learned first-hand the importance of quality mental health care for all; I believe mental health care access is intrinsically tied to social and economic justice issues, and I feel passionate about ensuring quality care for all families. My undergraduate education at UC Santa Cruz inspired me toward my path as a clinician, as well as my drive to lessen the stigma of mental health issues, particularly in communities with little or no mental health care access or education.
My clinical focus is primarily psychodynamic, bringing aspects of motivational interviewing, mindfulness and CBT where appropriate. My primary focus is to be fully present with clients in the moment, in order to meet them exactly where they are, and without judgement. I employ a strengths-based frame for every child or adolescent, and find that this alone can have a revolutionary impact for a client.
When I am not working, I enjoy taking city hikes, snapping photos of old buildings, and riding the Giant Dipper roller coaster at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.