I grew up in a very creative home which had a hand in inspiring my degree in Art History from SDSU. However, after graduating, I realized that a career in the art world was not relational enough for me. After seeing a Spiritual Director and experiencing the acceptance, understanding and empathy that comes from a therapeutic relationship, I realized that what really brings me fulfillment is the ability to offer those things to others. I attended Bethel Seminary, receiving a Masters in Marital and Family Therapy, so that I could gain the skills and knowledge to have a tangible, positive impact on the lives of others. In therapy, my heart is to create an inviting space where my clients feel safe and affirmed in being where they are and exploring together the possibilities for growth and healing.
In practice, I come from an Emotionally Focused Therapy perspective. I believe that all people were created with the need to know and be known by others. I am passionate about working with clients to help them understand their emotional needs for closeness and connection, how unmet needs cause disconnection, and how more helpful ways of connection are possible. My hope for all my clients is that they would experience connection and healing, and I believe this comes from feeling the safety and freedom to share what is really going on inside. My job as a therapist is to create that sacred space and offer support through the uncharted waters of pain and disconnection.
Being involved in my church community is a love of mine and I have held various leadership and mentor positions over the years. I came to faith later in life and am very familiar with issues that arise in the exploration process when it comes to spirituality. My hope is that, regardless of where my clients are in their faith process or background, they would feel that that piece of them is welcome and honored in therapy.
On a personal note, I live in San Diego with my husband and daughter. We love taking advantage of all that this great city has to offer. Adventures outdoors, indoor rock climbing, walks to a coffee shop, and spending some quality time with family and friends are how I keep myself physically, mentally and spiritually tuned up. I also enjoy being creative - dancing, crochet, and (more recently) gardening are my main outlets.
Looking forward to hearing how I can support you on your journey!
B.A. in Art History - SDSU
M.A. in Marital and Family Therapy - Bethel Seminary
Emotionally Focused Therapy Externship 2016
HAP EMDR Training Workshop - Part 1 2014
PREPARE ENRICH Certified
Evolution of Psychotherapy Conference 2013
Christian Association of Psychological Studies (CAPS) Seminars 2011 - 2014
Member of CAMFT
Books that have changed me:
Compassion - Henri J.M. Nouwen, Donald P. Mcneill, & Douglas A. Morrison
Wounded Healer - Henri J.M. Nouwen
The Gift of Being Yourself - David Benner
Daring Greatly - Brené Brown