About Me

Empowerment, Compassion,  Resilience

If you're looking for someone who can authentically be on this journey with you, it's vital you find a therapist that is right for you.  For you to decide if I might be a good fit, here's what I think you should know...

Although politics is not a commonly discussed topic in therapy, this last year has shown me that life is political and it shows up in more ways than just who I voted for in the last election.  So, here's where I stand and I stand here firmly and with the recognition that this means I'm not the right fit for everyone.  First and foremost, I believe in equity and justice for all.  I believe Black Lives Matter.  I am a Caucasian cis female and I stand beside the LGBTQ community as a tireless ally.  I work to uplift others using a trauma-informed and anti-racist lens and I do so unwaveringly and unapologetically.  I do not feel you need to align politically with your therapist, but if you strongly disagree with these statements I am not the right fit.

 

I grew up right here in Sacramento.  During high school, I was often asked: “what are you going to do in college?”  And I never knew.  My response was always “I want to help people” without knowing what that meant or where it would take me.  I left Sacramento and after two years at San Diego State University I was introduced to Social Work and this line of work has been a good fit for me since that time.  In 2000 I started my therapeutic journey as a Social Worker at a domestic violence shelter for women and children.  After five years there and one impactful year teaching 2nd grade in Monterrey Mexico, I moved to New York City and earned my master’s degree in Social Work from Columbia University.  For the next decade, I worked with children and families in the foster care and adoption world.  While doing this work I learned many things, but what stands out for me most is the deep understanding I gained of how beautifully different we all are, and what utterly amazing things can happen when people engage in change.

 

After growing my own family I took my clinical work in a different direction and started my private practice. Since that time, I have expanded my practice to include work with individuals, couples, and families in a therapeutic setting, as well as divorce mediation services.  I am a mom, a partner, a therapist, a sister, and an aunt and I understand the complexities of working hard to thrive in each role. 

As a therapist, I have the privilege of witnessing the resiliency of the human spirit and the power of the human brain.  I recognize the value of simply feeling heard, but I also encourage growth and emotional development, at your pace.

 

 

Here is some of what my practice includes:

  • Therapy for Depression and Anxiety 

  • Relationship Difficulties

  • Mindfulness Practice

  • LGBTQ Support

  • Parenting Support

  • Adoption and Foster Care Support 

  • Grief Counseling

  • Stress Management

  • Creating a life of joy and empowerment

  • Life Transitions

  • Difficulties with Self-Esteem

  • Eating Issues

  • Professional/Career Issues

  • Stress Management

  • Sexual Abuse

  • Divorce Mediation

picture for website.jpg