“I am very passionate about helping people discover who they are and improve their daily life.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
I have always had an interest in connecting with people on a genuine level and I wanted to work in a helping capacity that allowed for this. Therapy is one of the few places where we're welcome to be our complete selves, uncensored and without judgement. I started providing therapy in 2007, working with survivors of sexual assault at the Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Center. I have since worked locally and internationally in mental health agencies, inpatient facilities, clinics, schools, and private practice. I am a proud Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, having served more than two years in Rwanda working with survivors of trauma. I earned my Master of Social Work and post master's certificate at NYU. I utilize a range of techniques, including EMDR, psychodynamic, cognitive behavioral, trauma-focused, and mindfulness.
What should someone know about working with you?
I am very passionate about helping people discover who they are and improve their daily life. I do not look at you as just another client; you are a person with many talents and we will bring these to the surface. I grew up in a bilingual, bicultural household and have spent a significant amount of my life abroad. I discovered from an early age the beauty of different cultures and how there is more than one “right” way to live life. My background informs my practice as I keep an open mind when working with you.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I am dedicated to staying informed about different modalities in therapy. I regularly complete trainings in evidence-based practices, cultural competency, and ethics. I read articles and books in the field and collaborate with other mental health professionals. Learning is not finite and there are always new techniques and points of view to consider.
How do your own core values shape your approach to therapy?
I believe in honesty, kindness, and the ability to develop and grow as a human being. These are values that I utilize as a motivator in therapy.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I like the direction that mental health is going; it has become more normalized and less stigmatized to seek therapy. There is also an increasing awareness and desire for inclusivity, especially as it relates to culture, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.
Do you assign homework, activities, or readings for me to do between sessions? Why or why not?
There is no "one-size-fits-all" approach to therapy. Depending on your needs and what works for you, I may provide a more structured form of therapy with worksheets and assignments to do during session and/or between sessions. This structure can help people feel that they have concrete evidence of their accomplishments and growth. If you are the type of person who dreads these types of assignments and learns more about yourself through deep exploration and talking things through out loud, then we will use that approach and engage your healing this way.
“I do not look at you as just another client; you are a person with many talents and we will bring these to the surface.”