My Approach to Helping
I use evidence-based treatment methods, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). I believe that with willingness and active participation, all clients have the potential to learn and use skills to shape behaviors to make the their desired changes in life. I also believe in a solution-focused approach and target my therapeutic interventions to be goal-directed and future-oriented.
More Info About My Practice
I have been practicing for nearly a decade. I have a range of experiences working with clients from preschool age to elders, with a particular focus with adolescents and adults.
I completed my undergraduate degree at UC Santa Cruz (Go Banana Slugs!), where I was a member of the women’s soccer team. My educational pursuits then took me to Los Angeles where I attended Pepperdine University for my master’s degree and worked with children on the autism spectrum (including developmental delays). Through this experience I was trained in Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) and provided services in schools and home-based care.
In an attempt to experience another part of the country, I chose to attend William James College (formerly Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology) nearby Boston, MA, for my doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology. One of my goals was to have diverse training experiences and continue my education in an academically-focused city like Boston. I completed externships and internships in community mental health, college counseling, and substance abuse residential and intensive outpatient programs (IOP). Throughout my schooling, I worked as project manager and counselor for a mental health resource and referral helpline connecting individuals and families to mental health services all over Massachusetts.
My final internship led me to the midwest where I was able to live in Chicago and work in one of the most underserved areas of Northwest Indiana. I was able to hone my psychological assessment skills as well as rotations in IOP substance abuse and inpatient hospitalizations.