One of my favorite roles as a therapist is to awaken possibility within others, helping them to not just survive a challenging situation but discover something about themselves in the process that allows for more authentic and purposeful living. I love seeing their eyes shining as awareness begins to develop and emerge.
Drawing on an early career in the corporate world, where I was tasked with motivating people and preparing them for change, I am passionate about helping others successfully navigate the inevitable transitions of life in order to thrive. The threads of formal education and training, together with life experience, compassion, and an abiding faith in the resiliency of the human spirit, are all woven together into the fabric of this sacred work that I feel so privileged to do. With deep respect for each individual and the unique challenges they present, I strive to help my clients discover strengths and resources on which to build in order to create the future they desire.
Irrespective of whether I’m working with individuals, couples or families, I take into consideration the family system and how individuals are both impacted by it and how they impact the system. While I don't believe that therapy necessarily must involve delving into the past and over-analyzing it, I do believe that an understanding of how the past has shaped our present is relevant in order to find practical solutions to contemporary problems. Knowing one's unique attachment syle is often a helpful piece of the puzzle. My approach with each client is to integrate complementary methodologies and techniques for a highly personalized experience.
Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy
Graduate School of Psychology, Fuller Theological Seminary
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
Western Washington University
Certifications and Advanced Trainings
PREPARE-ENRICH assessment inventory in marital and pre-marital counseling
GOTTMAN METHOD Couples Therapy
THE COUPLES INSTITUTE Developmental Model of Couples Therapy
HIGH CONFLICT INSTITUTE Mediating High-Conflict Disputes: A Proposal-Focused Approach
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists - San Diego North County Chapter (CAMFT-SDNC)
On an ongoing basis throughout the year, I facilitate a Living Through Loss Workshop on the campus of Solana Beach Presbyterian Church. Open to the public, this interactive workshop is offered to those who have suffered loss and desire to explore new roads away from despair. The workshop provides an opportunity to understand one's own reaction to loss and, with intentionality, embrace the process of grieving in order to heal. Please contact me directly to obtain additional information or to register for the next workshop.