Ever since I was thirteen years old, I knew I wanted to be a therapist. I always felt it was my purpose to help people in some way. I went to college at University of Connecticut where I earned a bachelors degree in Human Development and Family Studies. I completed my masters degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California with a focus on mental health. I am trained in the Trauma Resiliency Model I, dream analysis, and trauma informed yoga. I practice as a holistic therapist and life coach.
In the past I have worked in a variety of settings including residential treatment, partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient treatment, juvenile justice and dependency systems, employee assistance programs, and schools. I have experience working with individuals, groups, couples, children, teens, and families on a variety of issues including substance abuse, eating disorders, sex and love addiction, codependency, personality disorders, dual diagnosis, trauma, depression, anxiety, and life-transitions. Currently, I am focusing on working with young professionals and the specific needs and stressors of this population.
How I Work
I work from the belief that the answers are already within you, waiting to be unlocked. My role as your therapist is to help you remove psychological blocks that hinder you from fully becoming who you are meant to be. As part of my practice, I seek to understand the connection between mind, body, and spirit. We will work together to explore and move past your blocks in an open, supportive, and non-judgmental way. The ultimate goal being a greater sense of purpose, meaning, and well being in your life.
Because you are a unique person, with unique strengths and abilities, I will approach our therapy in a way that best suits your individual needs. I typically take a cognitive behavior approach- that means we will look at the way your thoughts effect your behaviors, and vice-versa. I may also incorporate depth psychology, dream interpretation, mindfulness, meditation, breath work, and yoga. Remember, everything that we do together will be with your permission, based on your comfort level, and in line with treatment goals.