Hi! Thanks for visiting my private practice website. I'm a firm believer in that everyone deserves therapy. We all deserve time when we are truly seen, supported, and validated. Many of us like to think we can handle things on our own. Maybe we were told by people in our lives "suck it up" or "pull yourself up by your bootstraps." The fact of the matter is that life gets messy sometimes and we can't do it alone. I want to help you navigate what life is bringing your way.
I'm originally from Massachusetts, where I received my Master's in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy from Assumption College in 2006. In my years of counseling experience, I've worked in variety of treatment settings, including community mental health, outpatient programs supporting individuals with both mental health and substance misuse disorders, and higher education. Prior to moving to California, I spent over six years working at Worcester Polytechnic Institute as both a counselor and later Associate Director of the Student Development & Counseling Center. There my responsibilities included counseling college students and overseeing all outreach and prevention education (substance abuse, suicide and sexual assault prevention). While working at WPI, I had the privelege of working on two grants. SAMSHA’s Garrett Lee Smith Campus Suicide Prevention Grant and the DOJ Office of Violence Against Women Grant to Reduce Sexual Assault, Dating Violence, and Stalking. These grants allowed me to take part in trainings with national experts and to develop programs that support students.
I've seen amazing healing happen with clients especially using EMDR and IFS. I made the decision to go in to private practice so that I would be able to support individuals without the limitations of academic or program schedules and insurance driven time restraints. Sometimes the therapeutic work an individual wants and needs to do may take weeks or months, and sometimes that person has more long term goals.
Have I mentioned I'm Thrilled to be here in Southern California?
I haven't picked up a snow shovel in years!!! The weather in San Diego is amazing. I enjoy being able to sit outside and relax with my husband and sweet pups year round. Some of my hobbies include exercise, dining out, going to movies, and listening to live music. I look forward to learning about you and the work we can accomplish together.
Memberships & Affiliations
CAMFT, EMDRIA, Parnell Institute, Center for Self Leadership, San Diego Trauma Response Network