I believe that we are all needed and have a purpose to our lives. Often times, in modern life, our sense of what we are needed for or what our purpose is can become obscured by the constant motion of daily living. Living in a way where we can have connection to our purpose and what we are needed for takes practice and skill. Feelings of loneliness, depression, anxiety, anger, confusion and the experience of trauma are often barriers to skilled living in our modern times. In addition, complicated relationships with families, unresolved difficult experiences from childhood and painful endings of love and friend relationships can leave us left feeling overwhelmed, sad and even a bit lost. Often, when we are in the heart of such feelings and are experiencing difficult times, it is not always possible to know our strengths, gifts and purpose. I work collaboratively with my clients to identify their strengths and look for useful solutions. Specifically, my client's goals for therapy, their focus and their priorities are what define the work together. We do this so that the part of you that wants to know your purpose in life may come forth and proceed as if it's needed.
I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Santa Cruz, California. I have a bachelor's degree in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Cruz and my Master's degree in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Holistic Studies from John F. Kennedy University. Prior to becoming a therapist, I worked as a Special Education teacher, as a program coordinator in women's reproductive health and consulted with UNWomen on issues of voting equality internationally. As a therapist, I have worked extensively with issues surrounding addiction and recovery, women's mental health, community mental health, couples/relationship, families and children.
I work in Special Education at a Middle School as well as private practice and work extensively with teenagers and families. I have experience with ADHD, depression, anxiety and addiction as well as navigating the IEP process. My work with adults includes working with grief, anxiety, depression, major life changing events (death, divorce, job loss, birth of a child etc.). I work from a holistic model incorporating the mind, body and spirit/soul into my interventions. Practically, this means that my work includes interventions ranging from CBT, Mindfulness, Somatic Intervention and Spiritual/Ceremony/Ritual practice.
Thank you for your consideration. I look forward to hearing from you,