Welcome. If you found your way here, I imagine there might be more than one - perhaps even conflicting - things going on inside for you right now. Perhaps something within you longs for the warmth of a deep relationship - one where you can feel safe and supported enough to be seen and to fully unload. At the same time, perhaps the idea of therapy still feels a little scary or unknown. Perhaps some days you find it hard just to breathe. Yet perhaps part of you also finds yourself holding on to this form of “high-functioning” fill-in-the-blank because it’s the only one you know. Whatever it is, what I know right now is that something led you to my little front door, and I’m interested in getting to know whatever that something in you is more.
I’m an Associate Marriage & Family Therapist (#130527) supervised by Dr. Chris Tickner (#42576) in Pasadena who works with individuals and couples through a holistic, integrative, and mindfulness-centered approach. I aim to create a space where you can slow down, relax your grip, take a full breath, and explore: What’s really getting in the way of the deep wellbeing, relationship, and life you ultimately deserve?
I take a highly integrative approach to the therapeutic process, often blending both evidence-based practices from mindfulness, somatic psychology, and cognitive-behavioral therapy, with many more creative and imaginative techniques that help clients access parts of themselves often buried deep beneath the surface. As a Yoga Teacher (RYT-200), I also greatly enjoy bringing the lens of the body into my work with clients. Modern neuroscience continues to reveal just how significant the body and nervous system are to our mental and emotional health, and I love helping clients also get in touch with their body’s physical, emotional, and intuitive intelligence, often for the first time.
I received my Masters in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University, and have additional training and education in Mindfulness, Hakomi Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Positive Psychology, Gestalt. Like many therapists, however, therapy is not my first career. After graduating UC Berkeley, I started off marketing & advertising, working in both corporate and startup cultures in San Francisco and New York. It was my own experiences with anxiety and burnout eventually led me to quit my job and, after a sabbatical to travel and teach yoga, I spent several years helping many career changers like myself, as well as leaders in organizations, find more purpose and balance through work as an executive, life, and career coach. Today these personal experiences, as well as and the rich variety of experiences of each of my clients, undoubtedly also continue to inform my work.
I’ll be candid, the journey through therapy or couples counseling can be hard. But it can also be wildly exhilarating, illuminating, and, yes, life-changing. So let this be your call - to take one small step toward the life that that little something deep within your soul came here looking for. I’m here when you’re ready, and wherever your journey takes us, I’ll be right there with you, too.