I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (CA License #LMFT41442 – pronouns she/her/hers) and have provided therapy since 2001. I am Board Certified by and a Diplomate of the American Academy of Experts in Traumatic Stress, as well as a Diplomate of the National Center for Crisis Management. I am a member of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation and the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. I am a Board Certified Professional Counselor, have been awarded Fellow standing by the American Psychotherapy Association, and am a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.
My education has included graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and as a Distinguished Student in Psychology. I have further earned both a Masters of Arts in Counseling and a Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology. In order to be able to effectively address the complexity of symptoms experienced by my clients, I continually pursue further development of my clinical skills.
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Early in my career, I completed the 60-hour California State Certification as a Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault Advocate. I have also completed the 70-hour Certificate Program in Traumatic Stress Studies through leading trauma expert Bessel van der Kolk.
I was originally trained in EMDR Therapy in 2005. I am a Certified Therapist with the EMDR International Association and have completed extensive advanced training in EMDR and related physiologically-based intervention protocols for the treatment of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Complex/Developmental Trauma, Dissociative Disorders, and other mental health conditions.
I am an EMDRIA Approved Consultant and have provided Consultation to mental health professionals regarding certification in EMDR therapy, qualification as a Consultant, and the application of advanced EMDR therapy interventions for the treatment of Complex/Developmental Trauma and Dissociative Disorders. I am also the Founder and Director of Training for the EMDR Readiness Academy, providing Basic Training in EMDR therapy and continuing education to EMDR therapists as an approved EMDRIA Approved Training Provider and EMDRIA Credit Provider (#18001).
I have substantial training in Cognitive-Behavioral treatments for trauma, anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder, most significantly with David Burns’ of Stanford University. I am a Certified Level 3 Advanced TEAM-CBT Therapist through the Feeling Good Institute, applying David Burns’ cutting edge approaches to assessment and treatment.
I have been fully trained and accredited in the Amen Clinics methods for educating, assessing, and motivating clients struggling with brain-related conditions, including trauma, anxiety, depression, and bipolar disorder. As part of this association, I have access to specialized tools and resources to help clients be able to help them attain better brain health and lead happier, richer lives.
I am a Certified HeartMath Practitioner through the Institute of HeartMath. HeartMath is a tool for affect regulation training, which has been shown through extensive research to improve anxiety, depression, sleep, focus, and other aspects of mental and physical health.
I have extensively studied the integration of Christian beliefs with the work of counseling and am willing to incorporate this approach at the request of the client.
I have also completed a continuing education certificate in the treatment of Eating Disorders. I have had the incredible privilege of working with Team Mermaid, a women’s triathlon association, in the development of a body image and self esteem curriculum for the Mini-Mermaids Girls Running Club. Please click here to read a brief article I have written about a method of EMDR that I often incorporate in the treatment of Eating Disorders.