I hold a Master of Arts in Counseling from Western Seminary in Portland, OR, and a B.A. in Psychology from San Jose State University. I am a Certified Brainspotting Therapist, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, and trained in the Gottman Method for couples therapy. I am also trained in Trauma Informed Stabilization Treatment (TIST), an integrative approach that includes mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, ego state techniques, and Internal Family Systems therapy. It has been used successfully to address the challenges of treating individuals with diagnoses of complex PTSD, borderline personality disorder, bipolar disorder, addictive and eating disorders, and dissociative disorders.
I have experience providing trauma-informed counseling for adults, couples and teens in private practice, and adults in a community health care setting. I started my early work in crisis counseling, secondary educational guidance counseling, youth leadership and mentoring. I uphold my ethics and integrity as a counselor through receiving ongoing advanced psychotherapy trainings and educational courses.