I believe in the power of relationship to heal. I also believe in the courage of my clients. Therapy is not an easy journey. It is often painful to look fully at oneself. But, I believe that freedom that comes from the journey is irreplaceable.
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I have 15 years experience in the therapy field. I have a Master of Arts in Psychology from Rosemead School of Psychology. I also have an additional year of study in Clinical Psychology beyond my Master’s Degree. I graduated from Biola University in three years with my Bachelor’s Degree. I majored in psychology and minored in theology. I was, at the time, the youngest student ever admitted to my graduate program at the age of 20.
My professional experience has been comprised of many different settings including: working for foster family agencies, school based mental health programs, providing psychological assessments to children and adults, providing therapy for intensive outpatient programs for at risk youth, play therapy for at risk elementary school children, depth therapy at a University Counseling Center for students who were struggling with depression, trauma, grief, sexual abuse, eating disorders, personality disorders, and anxiety, and providing individual, couples, and family therapy in private practice in Brea.
In addition, I have supervised beginning graduate students who were learning basic therapy skills and guest lectured on group therapy.
My life’s ambition has been to be a psychotherapist and I am so fortunate that my job is my calling. I have a passion for working with teens and moms of young children. I enjoy helping my clients heal from the painful effects of trauma, sexual abuse, grief, loss, anxiety, depression, and relationship issues.
My training has always been devoted to depth psychology. I have been trained to utilize psychodynamic and object relations theory. I also utilize cognitive behavioral techniques from time to time when working with children.
I have attended various seminars and trainings on supervision of interns, dream analysis, sexual abuse, sexual addiction, self-harm behaviors, eating disorders, grief/loss, teen therapy, group therapy with teens, couples therapy, family therapy, and play therapy. I have also participated in my own psychotherapy, which I feel is invaluable to my growth and development as a psychotherapist.
Member of OCCAMFT and CAMFT
I am passionate, driven, fiercely loyal, analytical, and sensitive. I have been married to my husband for almost ten years and am the mom of two young girls. A little over a year ago, I rediscovered my love of swimming and joined a master’s swim team. I also enjoy coffee, cooking, baking, reading, hiking, camping, jogging, gardening, long walks with my Bernese Mountain Dog, and the beach. Helping others, as well as being outdoors make my soul happy. I am actively involved at my church, EV Free Fullerton, and have been a discussion group leader for MOPS and Women’s Ministry coordinator for a large adult fellowship group.
I am available for public speaking, professional writing, consultation, and am certified to supervise interns.
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