25 years ago I began my career as a medical assistant and a teacher. After 8 years, I then enlisted in the US Navy, where I served as a first responder and was part of the regional Sexual Assault Victims Intervention team. For a period of time, I lived in Japan with kids in tow, and have a deep understanding of the effects of betrayal, infidelity, and cross addictions. I’ve worked as a Hospice Spiritual Care and Bereavement Coordinator, a counselor at several crisis houses and transitional living centers, as well for non-profit agencies providing therapeutic services.
Suffice to say, I have experience working with sexual assault, complex PTSD, combat and moral injury, addictions, grief, families, and a full spectrum of mental health challenges. But the areas of complex trauma, grief/loss, couples counseling and addictions are where my heart lies.
While I’ve just given you a few things that I bring to the table… as I mentioned before, it all begins with you deciding what’s best for you… and, if you can see yourself pulling up a chair next to me.
What Makes Me Credible
I have a passion for coming alongside others. I believe it’s just a part of my DNA as a human being. I specialize in trauma… the “big T’s” and the little ones. I am trained and working toward EMDR certification, am Internal Family Systems (IFS) informed, and work from an attachment theory lens (all therapy jargon I can explain later). I also specialize in working with couples, utilizing Gottman and other modalities.
- Associate Marriage and Family Therapist CA AMFT #139900
- MA in Clinical Psychology from Azusa Pacific University
- MA in Christian Ministry from Liberty University
- Trained in Level I Gottman Method Couples Therapy
- Trained in EMDR
- IFS Informed
- Certified Peer Support Specialist
- US Navy Veteran
“You may talk. And I may listen. And miracles might happen.” – Ernest Hemingway