I believe that every page of a person's life has special meaning and depicts an ever evolving story. I look at each client as a whole to see not only where the problems lie, but also where the strengths and unique passions lie. It is only by looking at the whole person, past and present, that I can begin to understand how to help them make more positive choices and how to guide them toward achieving a fulfilled and happy life. I offer a safe space where individuals, couples, and families are encouraged to identify and connect with themselves, those whom they care for, and their environment.
Currently, I divide my time between teaching graduate level clinical psychology at Antioch University in Santa Barbara and my private practice in Ventura. The work I do as an instructor allows me to stay abreast of new research, ideas, and innovations in the field. I also love the relationships I am able to cultivate with newly emerging therapists.
In my private practice, I use primarily on evidence based techniques that tend to have a somatic focus. Exploring the complex interplay between our thoughts, feelings, and bodies allows clients to experience a holistic therapeutic approach and enjoy quicker, longer lasting results than some other therapeutic styles. Specifically, I blend elements of EMDR and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy with an approach that looks strongly at family origins. I also frequently use tools from the cognitive behavioral work of David Burns (CBT) and the Dialectical Behavioral work of Marsha Linehan (DBT). Regardless of my theoretical background, however, I value client feedback at every stage of therapy and welcome your comments on what is working and what is not!
I hold a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Duke University and a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University. My licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist was issued and is maintained through the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. I am also a participating member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and of the Women's Association for Addiction Treatment.