I know it can be difficult, even frustrating, trying to find the right professional and services to meet your specific needs. I hope this page answers your questions about me, my approach, the services I offer, and if I'm a good fit for you and your teen. Here is what you can expect from me.
From our first contact to our very last interaction, I will ensure that my role is clear and you know what to expect from me.
I take an explorative and curious approach to understanding who you and your teen are. I will talk with you, creating a collaborative working environment so that you feel accomplished and confident with the progress made.
I will help you understand the full-picture of the challenges you face. Sometimes, bringing awareness to a situation can create change and increase motivation.
I should start by saying that I'm fascinated by human behavior. I enjoy reading about theories, the latest interventions, and could spend days on end immersing myself in different topics.
But, one thing has always remained consistent throughout, I absolutely love working with adolescents and their families. More specifically, I enjoy working with teens who may be struggling with really big feelings and/or really big behaviors.
depression or intense sadness, crying episodes, agitation or explosiveness
anxiety, isolation from others, trauma and PTSD
suicidal behaviors, self-harming, impulsive and poor decision making
Bringing balance to these two areas can create optimal functioning for a healthy mind and body. And, I believe that when we pay attention to the sensations in our bodies, we are also creating the space for a clearer, more balanced mindset.
So, how does this work with teens?
I integrate yoga practices into my work with adolescents. My clients are supported to practice yoga postures, breathing, sound, mudras (hand gestures), visualization, and meditations. My goal is to help teens create daily mind and body practices that start in my office and move into their daily routines. And ultimately, these practices support a healthier mind, physical wellness, and improved behaviors.
As children, we’re often asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” My answer was always, “I want to help people.”
At first, the dream was to be a Pediatrician. I enjoyed the authenticity that children effortlessly portrayed; their curiosity about the world, their blunt conversations and impulsive behaviors. But after much research, I realized that medicine wasn’t a good fit for me.
I envisioned sitting with my clients for an extended period of time, hearing their stories and understanding and appreciating their unique experiences. So, after taking my first Psychology class in high school I knew that I wanted to be a Therapist.
I earned my Master’s degree in Social Work with a concentration in Mental Health from the University of Southern California and received my Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology at the University of Arizona.
I was awarded my professional license by the Board of Behavioral Sciences in 2010 and have been practicing as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since that time. However, I strongly feel that my clinical training began in 2004 working with children and adolescents at an intensive summer residential treatment facility.
I've worked in many types of clinical settings and have had the opportunity to work with a wide-range populations. I’m grateful for each of these experiences and attribute my eclectic and integrative clinical approach to these various settings.