Individual, couple, teen, child and family psychotherapy and counseling services. Telehealth services.
I am truly blessed. I have found a profession that encompasses so many of my interests: study, creating relationships, creativity, and walking alongside people who endeavor health, healing, and personal growth.
My journey to becoming a Private Practice Marriage and Family Therapist began at California State University, Chico where I graduated Magna Cum Laude with my Bachelors of Arts Degree in Psychology. After several years as a business owner, wife, and mother I returned to academic life and completed my Masters of Arts Degree in Counseling Psychology from National University, San Diego. I continue to expand my clinical skills by attending post-graduate workshops and training. In addition, I am an Adjunct Professor at National University where I teach in the Masters of Counseling Program. My current courses include: Couples Therapy, Life Span Development, Advanced Clinical Skills , and Practicum Supervision.
My work incorporates influences from several theoretical paradigms but I have come to realize that the core to effective therapy is a strong and trusting relationship between therapist and client. One of the reasons this is important is because dysfunctional relationships are often at the core of our suffering. For many people, healing can begin when we experience a trusting, unconditional, and functional relationship with a therapist. Within this working relationship the client can explore deeper issues and learn new ways of coping, living more abundantly and peacefully.
I believe that people have within them the ability to heal but that finding that inner voice is sometimes limited by trauma, grief, stress, and dysfunctional coping skills. I work from a Humanistic-Existential perspective to help my clients find their inner personal truth and express it. Through unconditional positive regard my goal is to guide my clients in self-discovery and healing. I am also trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and EMDR which assist clients in shifting core self beliefs that are keeping them stuck in dysfunctional patterns of behavior. Most recently I have been pursuing the certification tract to become a Certified Gottman Sound Marital House Therapist, an evidence based practice for working with couples. My work is also highly influenced by attachment theory, trauma informed care, the concept of differentiation, and the powerful research occurring in the field of neuroscience as it relates to mindfulness practice and stress management. Most recently I have began to incorporate somatic and expressive arts techniques.
In my personal life I treasure the time I spend with my husband and kids. In my spare time I enjoy visits to my families cattle ranch in Modoc County, spending time in spiritual pursuits, and lots of time in my art studio.