I am the mother of two beautiful, strong and courageous girls. My daughters are now the center of my universe. They have brought balance and great joy to my life. They have also brought a sort of chaos to my life that continues to challenge me on a daily basis. Seven years ago, I became a wife, marrying the father of my daughters and forever friend. I have had the fortune of traveling to many far off lands. Egypt, Italy, and Greece being some of my most memorable. I started working with children and families close to sixteen years ago, teaching at a progressive private school. This opportunity led me down a path of self-discovery, enabling me to grow both professionally and personally. Working with children, individuals and families has become a passion and I have found it to be one of the most rewarding experiences.
As an educator I became deeply rooted in progressive pedagogy. I am a graduate of Pacific Oaks College with a degree in Human Development, specializing in Art Education, and a Masters degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. I am an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, working out of private practice in Monrovia, CA. I see a wide array of clients, including children, families, individuals and couples. I consider myself to be an Existentialist, and have chosen to adopt this philosophy both personally and professionally. The most fundamental goal of existential therapy is helping people find value, meaning and purpose within their lives. When working with children I utilize play and art during the treatment process. Because children are still in the process of acquiring language skills, art can be a useful and tangible means of communication. When trauma has occurred, an existential approach to art therapy can become a healthy therapeutic tool for self-expression and communication. Art therapy enables children and their families tell, own, and honor their trauma as part of the therapeutic process.
As a therapist, I have had many personal life experiences enabling me to better understand the difficulty involved in dealing with emotional issues, as well as first-hand knowledge in navigating the challenging world of being a young woman in today’s society, and later becoming a working mother and wife. Many of the circumstances associated with these phases of life can affect the health and well-being of individuals and their families. My goal as a therapists is to assist clients in finding tangible solutions, enabling them to exercise critical thinking, problem solving, and setting long-term goals. I seek to help people meet their challenges with awareness, openness, and courage.
As a clinician, I find value in all theoretical models. I am very drawn to traditional ways of healing, methods and ways of doing and being that are deeply rooted in Native American and Shamanic practice. Connecting and healing the mind, body and spirit embodies a holistic approach to our physical and mental well-being. I find tools and techniques that include mindfulness, and guided imagery to be of great value and importance.
I feel extremely grateful on this journey and truly look forward to the work that will and has become so important to me.