I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a unique background that allows me to take into account the whole child, the family, and the brain and body in order to best meet your needs.
I received my Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology: Marriage and Family Therapy from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2013. Before that, I earned a B.A. in English, with an emphasis on Creative Writing. I still write, and my first love is fictional short stories! My love for the complexity of stories is what lead me to a profession where I get to engage with human stories of resilience, struggle, love and creativity every day!
As an LMFT I regularly participate in continuing education in Play Therapy, Law and Ethics, Family Systems and other areas of interest.
My latest endeavor is my enrollment at Portland State University’s Graduate Certificate Program in Infant Mental Health, which is providing me with knowledge and practice for working with expecting parents and infants and toddlers (ages 0-3).
In 2013, I began my work as a therapist as a Developmental Supervisor and Intake Clinician at Real Connections Child Development Institute in Monrovia, CA, where I was supervised by Ben Zequeira-Russell, Psy.D. (lic. #psy19727). Here I was trained in DIR/Floortime and worked with children and families with diagnoses of Autism Spectrum Disorder, sensory processing differences, medical fragility and other genetic and nuerodevelopmental differences.
The approach here was based in interpersonal neurobiology, child development, and the DIR model for intervention. I got to provide one-on-one child centered treatment with a special priority on connecting with and learning from parents of these children. I believe that supporting parents in their choices, ability to manage stress, and in celebrating their successes is integral to family and individual health.
I am currently working towards my certification as a Registered Play Therapist through the Association for Play Therapy.
Assessing Neurodevelopmental Differences in Play Therapy // Play Strong Institute at The Center for Connection // October 2018
Working with Parents in Play Therapy // Firefly Institute for Research and Education // May 2019