I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 26 years experience counseling children, teens, and adults. Much of my career was spent as a counselor in the islands of Micronesia, where I had the opportunity to work in another culture and become witness to the various kinds of trauma that can affect anyone, no matter your identity. I have always had a passion to help people and my interests and experience as a therapist have led me to working with trauma with individuals of all ages.
My clients say that I am authentic, warm, and devoted to their well-being. I look forward to meeting each client, hearing their story, and guiding them to heal their trauma so they can move forward and embrace life without the restraints that are currently holding them back.
I am a trained EMDR therapist and the results I see firsthand through EMDR therapy continue to affirm its effectiveness in resolving trauma in a way that is life-affirming and strength-building.
I have a Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and have been licensed since 2015. During my internship I received training in evidence-based practices working with children with severe emotional and behavioral issues and their families and became a Clinical Program Manager in the field. I was also a therapist for two years at the Gender Health Center in Sacramento, counseling individuals in the LGBT community with an emphasis on the transgender population. I am currently a Clinical Program Manager at an agency that provides support to survivors of Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, and Human Trafficking.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy is an integrative psychotherapy approach that has been extensively researched and proven effective for the treatment of trauma. It is a set of standardized protocols that incorporates elements from many different treatment approaches.
We know that when a person is very upset, their brain cannot process information as it does ordinarily. One moment becomes "frozen in time", and remembering a trauma may feel as bad as going through it the first time because the images, sounds, smells, and feelings haven't changed. Such memories have a lasting negative effect that interferes with the way a person sees the world and the way they relate to other people. EMDR can be thought of as a physiologically based therapy that helps a person see disturbing material in a new and less distressing way.
Depression, fear, and anxiety are some of the most common and uncomfortable emotions that we can experience at some point in our lives. Through counseling and treatment, we are able to help you recover motivation, perspective, and joy that you once had in your life.
Many individuals can experience symptoms associated with painful and traumatic circumstances. Anxiety, fear, and hopelessness are a few emotions that can linger post traumatic events. We can help you overcome these symptoms and guide you through the process of grief and healing.
Therapy in Auburn. Besides trauma, EMDR is useful in the treatment of the following:
Panic Attacks, Complicated Grief,
Dissociative Disorders, Disturbing Memories, Phobias, Pain Disorders, Performance Anxiety, Stress Reduction, Addictions, Sexual and/or Physical Abuse, Body Dysmorphic Disorders, and Personality Disorders.