My Story

I believe in the strength of the human spirit. I believe that healing can happen in an instant. It is one of my favorite times when clients have a-ha moments!
I practice holistic psychotherapy, as I support the whole person, on a physical, intellectual, emotional and spiritual level.

I can't imagine doing any other work in my life. I feel extremely honored when someone invites me in and trusts me enough to share in their most vulnerable and sometimes most painful moments.

I began my studies at Naropa University, a Tibetan Buddhist college in beautiful Boulder, Colorado. There I received an undergraduate degree in Contemplative Psychology, which incorporates Buddhist teachings, like meditation, with modern Western psychology. This enhanced my own personal meditation practice that I continue with to this day. This meditation practice only benefits and supports my work professionally as a therapist.

I went on to receive my Master's degree from Antioch University in Santa Barbara, California. There I built on my experience of working with individuals at Anger Management, Domestic Violence Solutions,and Santa Barbara's District Attorney's Truancy program.

When I became a mother to two children, I began working part time as a birth and postpartum doula, childbirth educator and prenatal counselor. I found a love for working with women at this powerful time in life, crossing the threshold into parenthood.

I began seeing the prevalence of pregnancy loss and the lack of support available to mothers grieving this tremendous loss. I also started to see that as wonderful as having a new baby could be, there are also aspects to this transition that are filled with grief, mourning, sadness and confusion. This is part of a parent's process is so rarely talked about. I believe in bringing the whole of the experience to light- the joys, the grief, the struggles, the confusion- all of it is welcome in our time together.

I then began wanting to embrace the other end of life's spectrum, death and dying, into my work. I find that both ends of life's spectrum tend to be very similar in what they can bring up for people. I began working with Camarillo Hospice and then went on to Livingston Hospice, where I currently still provide bereavement counseling to individuals, groups and school based counseling to adolescents.

My approach is mindful, heart centered and remains open to the magic that can occur in each session with a client. I draw from the cognitive behavioral perspective and weave mindfulness techniques, body awareness, and deep compassion together to create an openhearted therapy session.

I believe both ends of life's spectrum are powerful, life altering and have the ability to crack us open to becoming more incredible humans than we were before. Whether you are in the childbearing years, at the middle of your life or nearing the end of your life's path, I am here to walk on your path with you.

 
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