I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a private practice in Davis, California. I received a Masters in Counseling Psychology from California Institute of Integral Studies in 2012. I feel honored to work with clients of all ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations, socio-economic groups, physical abilities, and religious and spiritual beliefs who want to overcome behaviors, thoughts, and emotions that get in the way of their ability to live the life they want.
Having worked in various clinical settings (including several schools, leading bereavement groups through Sutter Hospice, the Children's Bereavement Art Group, and the Yolo Family Service Agency) since 2005, I have experience helping clients of all ages, cultures, and socio-economic groups find ways to increase their quality of life.
Bringing creative experiences into therapy sessions can be beneficial because they help us to go deep and often serve as bridges between conscious and unconscious parts. That said, I tailor sessions to each unique client. For some people, straight talk therapy is best. I am trained in Trauma-Focused CBT and other evidence-based modalities, as well as EMDR, Brainspotting, Bereavement counseling, Sand Play, Depth work, and Play Therapy.
Personal growth and creativity have always been central to my life. After graduating from UC Davis with a degree in English Studies (which was a fantastic adventure in itself), I fulfilled a childhood dream (and stepped outside of my comfort zone) by creating and running the cafe "Delta of Venus" in Davis, California. My friend, Audrey and I created DOV largely because we wanted to establish a safe place for people who might feel marginalized.
As a result, I gained intimate knowledge about the effects inherent in taking risks, and I learned first-hand about challenges that entrepreneurs face. After selling the cafe, I learned digital design in San Francisco. I worked for "Wired" for a few years while also getting married and having two children. I started making art, doing odd jobs, and writing a children's cookbook called "An Alien Robot's Cookbook." All the while, the idea of becoming a therapist stayed with me. (I visited my first therapist when my parents divorced when I was in 5th grade.)