Hello! I am thrilled to be a member of The Bay Area Children’s Association clinical team. I was born and raised in California, moving to the Bay Area for undergrad and remaining here ever since. I began my career working in the field of teaching, having always enjoyed working and just being around kids. I started off volunteering in classrooms and eventually became a special education teacher working in private and public schools in Santa Cruz. It didn’t take long for me to decide that I wanted to pursue a career helping others, and began volunteering at suicide prevention service with the long-term dream of becoming a therapist. From there, I got my Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz and my Masters of in Arts in Counseling Psychology from the University of San Francisco. I am now a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT #89716) and provide psychotherapy and support to children, teens, adults, and families.
Before joining BACA I practiced outpatient therapy at the YWCA of Silicon Valley clinic and also practiced inpatient therapy at the Rebekah Children’s Services Hospital Diversion Program providing therapy primarily for children, teens, and families. My experience includes working closely with individuals and families who have experienced trauma, difficulty with transitions, and a variety of mental health issues.
I believe my goal as a clinician is to provide evidence-based, comprehensive care that emphasizes genuineness, compassion, respect, collaboration, and a non-judgmental stance. I employ various techniques depending on how to best meet the needs of those I work with, utilizing such approaches as cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, expressive arts, solution-focused, and/or play therapy. I was drawn into this field out of the desire to help others since my adolescence, and feel I honored at the opportunity to help provide the space for others to learn, grow, and heal in their own process.
In my free time, I can be found relaxing in beautiful Santa Cruz; either enjoying some surf or spending time with my dog at the beach. I also enjoy running, watching hockey (go Sharks!), and drawing & painting which I incorporate in my work as a therapist.