I have maintained a private practice since 2014, specializing in adults with histories of childhood trauma (and trauma in adulthood), who present with a variety of symptoms including PTSD, anxiety, depression, dissociative symptoms and disorders, self-esteem issues, codependence, emotional regulation issues, interpersonal distress, and a general feeling of “stuckness.” I'm trained in Ego State Therapy, Internal Family Systems (IFS) Level 1, Clinical Hypnosis, Deep Brain Reorienting (DBR) and I am a Certified EMDR Therapist and an EMDRIA Approved Consultant. I hold an ISSTD Advanced Certificate in Complex Trauma and Dissociation from the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation and the Center for Advanced Studies in Trauma & Dissociation.
I am deeply committed to continued learning and increasing my skillset as a clinician. In addition to the love of learning, I'm passionate about therapist training, mentorship, supervision & consultation. I'm an adjunct professor at Pacific Oaks College in San Jose, teaching graduate MFT students in the area of complex trauma.
I am a member of the following societies and associations:
International Society for the Study of Trauma & Dissociation - member since 2015
EMDR International Association - member since 2014
California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists - member since 2010
I am Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, and graduated from Pepperdine University in 2012 with a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis in Marriage & Family Therapy. My undergraduate degree was obtained at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I am a clinician and educator specializing in the area of trauma and dissociation.
In my career, I have worked extensively with trauma and its sequelae in a variety of populations. I am currently in private practice and also provide EMDR and trauma therapy at the Meadows IOP Treatment Center in Silicon Valley, which specializes in trauma and addictions. Prior to this, I was with Para Los Niños in Los Angeles for six and a half years working with children and their families living in poverty. At Para Los Niños, in addition to providing extensive clinical work in the community to children and their families, I supervised clinicians and developed a trauma training program to educate the clinical staff in trauma-competent care. I also provided a variety of trainings to parents and teachers on trauma and related topics, and assisted Para Los Niños charter schools with the implementation of trauma-informed practices in the classroom. Though I worked with children and adolescents of all ages, my clinical specialty was the birth-to-five population, and the treatment of trauma and attachment disorders with Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP).