I hold a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from Chapman University and am a registered marriage and family therapist intern with the state of California. My license can be verified at www.bbs.ca.gov (choose ‘verify a license’ from the top right of the page).
I have a wide-ranging foundation of clinical experience working in public and community mental health with clients from preschoolers to seniors in their 80s. I spent two years working with clients through the Orange County Behavioral Health system in individual and group settings, helping clients to manage chronic mental illnesses such as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), bipolar disorder, addiction/dual diagnosis, schizoaffective disorder and schizophrenia, and recurring depression and anxiety. This work also inspired my interest in working with complex trauma and the interplay between psychosocial and biological factors that seem to contribute to issues with mental health. I have had the opportunity to speak at the California state conference of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT) and at various research symposiums and speaker’s panels about working with chronic mental illness.
As part of the Frances Smith Center for Individual and Family Therapy, I worked with individuals and families of all ages looking to improve their experiences in this world. Through this community clinic, I had the opportunity to work with stroke survivors and their families about the psychosocial impact of surviving a stroke and moving forward on the road to recovery. This opened up a passion for supporting caregivers of chronically ill loved ones and led me to develop a curriculum for a caregivers support group.
Currently, in addition to my private practice work, I work as a school-based counselor with the Boys and Girls Club of Garden Grove. In individual, group, and family settings, I help to address issues in academic achievement by addressing any psychosocial issues that may be getting in the way of a student’s classroom performance. I love connecting with kids through imagination and creativity, making it fun to learn about themselves as well as learn new skills to improve the classroom experience.
I come from an entrepreneurial background in real estate and business/property development. Along my professional career path, I hit a place where I decided I wanted to focus on my favorite part of the business world: meeting people, creating relationships, and helping to improve the lives of the people I met. You can feel secure in knowing I have real-world, lived experience to back up any discussions we may have about work/life balance, parenting, long-term relationships, etc. I understand the inherent difficulties in balancing professional and family life, and tending to a marriage and raising a family while continuing to further your career. I use this real-world foundation to inform and enhance my clinical skills to help you tackle whatever is currently happening in your life.