I completed a dual M.A. Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and Art Therapy from Loyola Marymount University (LMU) in Los Angeles so I could help people achieve balance in their often demanding life. While attending school I learned that merging art- therapy with traditional “talk” therapy could increase a person’s ability to know themselves as well as identify strengths, learn coping skills, and increase the quality of relationships overall. In addition, I received a grant from The American Association of University Women and completed extensive studies on how to support people in other help-related-professions overcome the effects of burnout and fatigue.
In order to support my clients, I actively practice Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Integrating EMDR therapy practice into my work is very helpful in supporting clients who need to make decisions that may have major consequences due to an experience of trauma. No matter how big or small the trauma, people can be impacted very deeply. “Little t” traumas, also known as developmental or relational traumas, can cause us to become “stuck” in the past. Integrating mindfulness and meditation can help a person live a healthier life in the present.
“I believe wholeheartedly that the world becomes a more peaceful place when individuals feel more balanced inside.”
I support people during all phases of life. When applicable, I utilize group therapy, EMDR, mindfulness, and art therapy to decrease uncomfortable mood changes and increase positive relationships. In addition, I combined my pre-masters experience as a vocational counselor with my therapeutic experience to help people find more satisfaction in their careers and make difficult decisions easier.
I am currently a part-time faculty member at Otis College of Art and Design, teaching art therapy. I have been trained by Postpartum Support International (PSI) to treat anxiety and depression during pregnancy. My passion for both therapy and art has also led me to supervise and consult with other therapists on using art as a vehicle-of-change in their practice.
I believe wholeheartedly that the world becomes a more peaceful place when individuals feel more balanced inside. As a therapist I want to help both women and men find their inner balance, so they can be true to themselves and the people they love.
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