For me, therapy is a balance of art and science. The science includes understanding research about mental health, human development, and how the brain works. The art is finding creative ways to make use of the research in the context of each new and different therapy experience. For example, as a therapist, I might ask myself, “How can I use my understanding of treatments for anxiety disorders to help this particular person in my office in a way that makes sense in their life right now?” The answer to that question lies in the therapeutic relationship. I take great care to learn about each client’s unique experiences, feelings, beliefs, values and goals. My favorite thing about being a therapist is when the art and science come together in a way that is both illuminating and emotionally meaningful for the person I am working with. This is the process by which, I believe, positive change occurs.
After graduating from the University of Oregon, I earned my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology in 2004 from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant University. Since then, I have provided therapy to children, adolescents and adults who have sought help for various issues, including anxiety, depression, family conflict, anger problems and recovering from trauma. I have also provided supervision to many therapists as they worked toward obtaining their licenses. I am licensed with the California Board of Psychology (PSY 20997) and am an active member of the San Gabriel Valley Psychological Association. Additionally, I have a background in working with adults with developmental disabilities, such as mental retardation and autism. I have conducted research, given presentations and co-authored several articles related to issues for women with disabilities.
I enjoy working with individuals of all ages, including adults, adolescents and children. My experience and skills are best suited for helping with: