About Me

About Me

 

The desire to help and care for those around me is a spark I have held all of my life.  I work with people who are having a hard time, because life just sucks sometimes. We all need support from time to time. I specialize in working with trauma survivors, domestic violence victims, addiction, eating disorders, sexual abuse survivors, as well as depression and anxiety.  

 

Everyone struggles with life at one point or another. I find that I hear people say that they wish they were someone else, but I would ask would you trade your suitcase of stuff with anyone else? I wouldn't trade mine with anyone because it is mine. That's the challenge is to own our pain and sit with it versus run from it. 

 

I am a survivor of abuse, a broken home, adoption, a blended family and relationship pitfalls. I can sit with couples in consistent conflict because I have experienced it first-hand. I am able to understand it and help couples successfully resolve conflict. I was often being bullied by peers, which is an experience that allows me to assist teenagers in navigating the unforgiving environment of school.

I bring who I am into this work to be a beacon of light to each and every one of my clients. We are all human and we all have wounds. Therapy can be the place to begin healing these wounds, stitching ourselves back together or filling the cracks with hope.

Logistical Information

I am a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist, practicing through Grateful Heart Holistic Therapy Center located in the San Francisco Bay Area. Serving Martinez, Pleasant Hill, Concord area and the entire state of California via telehealth.

Certifications Completed and In Progress

  • I am a fully trained Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) through the Institute of Creative Mindfulness. Certification In Progress

  • Certification Level 1: Working with Highly Traumatized People by Robert Grant (Completed)

  • Certification Level 2: Working with Highly Traumatized People by Robert Grant (Completed)

 

Current Affiliations / Licenses:

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #128453, California Board of Behavioral Services

  • California Association of Marriage Family Therapist (CAMFT)

  • East Bay CAMFT

  • Psychology Today

  • Good Therapy.org

Education:

  • John F. Kennedy University with my Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology specialized in Transpersonal therapy

  • San Francisco State University Bachelors in Psychology with a focus in Developmental Psychology.

I have experience working with: 

  • Depression

  • Anxiety and Phobias

  • Relationship Difficulties

  • Life Transitions/Divorce

  • Eating Issues

  • Difficulties with Self-Esteem

  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

  • Addiction/Relapse Prevention

  • Adoption

  • Pain Management/Chronic Pain

  • Stress Management

  • Domestic Violence/Abuse 

  • Sexual Assault/Harassment 

  • Spirituality

  • Women's Issues

  • LGBTQ+ Issues

  • Communication Difficulties

  • Boundary Setting
     

How it all works to get started:

I offer a 20-minute free phone consultation and after that you will have the option to schedule an appointment. Typically, sessions are 50 minutes but longer sessions are available.