I am excited to be a part of BACA’s mission and clinical team as the Clinical Director of the Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 10 years of experience working with children, teens, adults, and families. I was born and raised in Hawaii which provided me with a diverse melting pot of ethnicities around me. I moved to California to attend college Notre Dame de Namur University (formerly known as the College of Notre Dame) in Belmont, where I completed both my bachelor’s degree in Psychology and my master’s degree in Clinical Psychology. I believe that by providing unconditional care, quality mental health services, and helping to de-stigmatize mental health is crucial.
Prior to joining the BACA team, I worked in a variety of clinical and school based settings. I’ve received invaluable clinical training throughout my career. I began working as a trainee at Adolescent Counseling Services. I then moved on to work with Seneca Center Family of Agencies where I worked as an marriage and family therapist intern, to provide support and services to children and teens with severe emotional and behavioral needs in a non-public school setting. I have also worked at Fremont Hospital to provide inpatient care to youth and adults, provided assessment, group and family therapies, and collaborated with treatment teams and community agencies. From there, I went on to work as the site director at Milpitas High School with Counseling and Support Services for Youth (CASSY), which is a non-profit agency that provides comprehensive mental services in schools. There I was able to work collaboratively and closely with district/school staff and community agencies, provided mental health services to all students and their families, build community outreach and relationships with various agencies, and provided clinical supervision and training to both licensed and intern level therapists. I also briefly worked as a district student advocate to provide services to Special Education students, as noted in their individualized education plan (IEP). From the start, and throughout my career, my passion for working with youth has only continued to grow.
I take an eclectic clinical approach when it comes to my work and I draw from various theories including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral therapy, narrative therapy, and family systems. I work to provide a supportive and safe environment to provide collaboration with my clients, their families, and support systems. I believe in providing my clients with the opportunity to voice their own stories, empowering them to reach their goals, and to create healthy and positive changes in their lives.
In my free time I enjoy reading, kickboxing, watching movies, and spending time with friends and family.