I am honored to join the BACA team in Oakland as a licensed marriage and family therapist in the outpatient program. I see therapy as a bridge to help connect children, teens and families back to their own resources and build on their strengths. I aim to develop authentic, therapeutic relationships to overcome mental health challenges in a collaborative and culturally-responsive manner.
Originally from the Midwest, I took an early interest in family dynamics as a middle child in a large, blended family. I moved to South Lake Tahoe, California as a teenager and became passionate about writing, music and outdoor sports. I majored in journalism at CSU Monterey Bay and worked as a local, newspaper reporter for several years. I loved telling people’s stories, but I longed to deepen my work and help transform their narratives.
I moved to the San Francisco Bay Area and earned my MA in marriage and family therapy from John F. Kennedy University. I was drawn to working with kids and their parents and served as a school-based therapist at A.P. Giannini Middle School and a clinician for caregivers at TALK Line Family Support Center in San Francisco. Most recently I coached kids and their caregivers to improve problematic behaviors in Oakland homes and schools as a therapeutic behavioral services clinician for Lincoln.
I believe that kids and parents are experts on their lives, and I try to meet them where they are at. Initially, I join with families to assess, in partnership with a BACA psychiatrist, whether psychotherapy, parent coaching and other services here would be helpful. I take a child-and-family-centered approach to therapy that is responsive to each family’s unique needs. I draw on attachment and cognitive behavioral therapy theories and incorporate play, art, and mindfulness interventions. I am also interested in helping boys and men unpack and evolve from harmful masculinity.
In my free time, I enjoy playing guitar, songwriting, hiking, mountain biking and camping.