Please note: I am not accepting new clients at this time.
Are you having difficulty with
relationships in your life? Do you feel stuck, overwhelmed or insignificant?
Are you wondering about your purpose or your identity? Are you asking yourself,
“Why am I feeling this way?”
it seems like things are out of control and the solutions you have tried are
not helping. Things seem to either stay the same or they may have even become
worse, and you just don't know what else to do to have more joy and peace.
full of challenges. At times we are left feeling unexpected strong emotions
and possibly a sense of loss, confusion or lack of control. Transitions occur
throughout our lives: job changes or loss, a change in a friendship, marriage,
divorce, a birth, an illness, a death of a friend or family member, a child
leaving home, a family member acting out, retirement . . . and the list continues.
each person has the ability to work through difficulties in life. There are
times when you can work through the problems life throws at you on your own or
with a friend, family member or lay counselor. Sometimes, though, you may need
an unbiased, caring professional whose only goal is to help you explore and
discover your full potential. I want to help you experience satisfaction and
joy in your life and in your relationships – whether the relationship is with
yourself, a parent or sibling, a partner, children, or your work or friend
I will help you explore why you think and
feel the way you do and support you as you consider options that encourage sustaining growth, wellness, and fulfillment
in your life.
My approach to therapy is warm,
personal and purposeful. Since each person is unique, I work together with
individuals to help them discover the best way to achieve
satisfying and fulfilling relationships. For those people who are interested,
theoretically, I am certified in Internal Family Systems (IFS) - an evidenced-based model of psychotherapy that views different aspects of one's personality, thoughts and feelings as different, distinct and valuable parts of a person. Becoming familiar with the different parts of ourselves helps us to understand our behaviors that protect us from emotional pain and heal the painful wounds of distressing or traumatic life experiences. I also practice Eye Movement
Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy - a specialized, evidenced-based therapy that
can alleviate the effects of traumatic and disturbing life events.
the importance of confidentiality, trust and respect in the therapeutic
relationship. It is an honor to join with each person in their journey as they
seek wholeness in their lives and in their relationships.
I completed my Master of Arts degree in
Marriage and Family Therapy, at Bethel University.
During my practicum, I worked at San Diego Hospice, Center for Grief Care and
Education, providing Grief therapy for individuals, couples, families and
groups. I have been a co-facilitator for an anxiety support group. I have
extensive training in trauma related therapy. I have been working in private practice
for over nine years helping to improve
the quality of people's relationships and their lives.
Some of the topics that I work together with my clients on are: Anxiety, challenging life transitions and adjustments, difficulties with
relationships - family, work, peers - grief and loss, trauma, perfectionism, identity issues, depression, food and body related
issues, issues around singleness and divorce, faith and spirituality, marital/significant other stress, and premarital counseling.
have continued trainings in:
Various Types of Anxiety
Grief and Loss
Trauma/Distressing Life Events
Eating Disorders/Food and Body Issues
and Group Crisis Intervention
Personally, I am married with three young adult children. I spent my childhood
in the San Diego area and my adolescent years near Boston, MA. Early in our
married life together, my husband and I lived four years in Scotland, where he
studied at the University of Aberdeen while I worked, and where our first child
was born. I enjoy living in San Diego because of its diversity, beautiful weather,
beaches and hiking trails. I also have a special fondness for animals.
be a major step to make a decision to try therapy. I recognize the importance
of your decision. I am happy to answer any of your questions or concerns.