I received my M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University and a B.S. in Psychology from Washington State University. I have been working with children, teens, couples and families in many different capacities since 2002 and am a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.
The foundation of my training was built at the Bill Wilson Center, in Santa Clara. At the Bill Wilson Center, I ran groups for at-risk teens while also working with adult clients and families in the outpatient clinic. Part of my multi-faceted training came from working as a Professional Foster Care Social Worker with Families First Inc., providing family and youth support within the context of foster care and social services. I also worked as the Director of the Helping Hands program at Family Violence Counseling Associates. This experience included individual therapy for child witnesses of family violence and counseling for women affected by domestic violence. I have also served an Intake Coordinator for Our Common Ground, Inc., a dual-diagnosis treatment program for at-risk youth.
I earned my California Marriage and Family Therapy License in 2007 and my Professional Clinical Counselor License in 2013. I completed the JFKU Eating Disorders Certificate Program in 2012 and continue to expand my knowledge in the field of eating disorders and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy by attending on-going educational conferences and workshops.
I am also an Adjunct Lecturer at Santa Clara University in the M.A. Counseling Psychology Department.