Authenticity and integrity are important to me. This shows up in the many types of work I’ve done, volunteer and otherwise.
As a young woman I struggled with many issues typical and atypical of women living in the late 20th century. Though I lived most of my life in Los Angeles, I spent eight years in the small progressive town of Olympia, Washington, often recognized as part of the Riot Grrrl movement. Inspired and taught by the many different people I met during that time, I started one of my paths towards healing and empowerment. I earned a B.A. in Liberal Arts at The Evergreen State College, with a focus on political economy and social change. An active part of my community, I participated in many social justice organizations and also began integrating professional writing into my life.
Over the years I’ve gained experience in facilitating groups, taught creative writing to youth in juvenile detention facilities as well as university-level composition and creative writing classes, and continued work on my own writing projects. Maintaining a sense of purpose and meaning in the often difficult world of publishing equips me with a perspective that helps and supports other writers and artists who face similar issues.
I began training in psychotherapy at the Southern California Counseling Center in 2009, where I participated in a two-year training/internship with a focus on psychotherapy with individuals, families, couples and children. In 2010 I earned my M.A. in Clinical Psychology. In the time since I have also become a parent, which gives me perspective on the challenges inherent when juggling creative, professional, and family obligations. I obtained MFT licensure in the state of California on March 2, 2017.
Finding a good match with a therapist is a process I respect, and I provide a 10 minute phone consultation prior to our first appointment. When we work together, I draw on a number of psychotherapeutic modalities. I approach every session with genuine curiosity, non-judgment, and compassion. In collaboration with my clients, we can decide how best to work with the issues brought into the room.
Member of California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.