I believe you deserve compassion and attention. You are important. You deserve to be truly seen and heard and appreciated for exactly who you are. And, you deserve someone who can see the underlying truth. I find that it's often the parts of ourselves that we try to hide or avoid or that we wish we could disown that are actually the most important parts to understand for therapeutic work. These are the parts of ourselves that come forward at our worst, most painful moments when we're feeling afraid or distressed or angry. These may be the parts of ourselves that do things that we're ashamed of or that are hurting our relationships or not allowing relationships to develop in the first place.
Here’s the good news--I know there are no "bad" parts of you. These hurt and messy parts are a part of you, and you may not realize it right now, but all parts of you are important, deserve to be known and allowed a chance to heal. I believe that if you are given the chance to experience compassion from someone that really, truly hears and sees you this experience can lead to self-compassion, which is the beginning of learning to be with yourself differently. Such learning can be life changing.
I know that it is a privilege to be allowed into your inner world. I take that trust seriously. I tend to run on the deep side, but I also like to laugh (even at myself sometimes). A conversation with me can be kinda like diving deep then coming up for air over and over. One of the things I hear over and over again from clients and coworkers is that I’m calming. I let my clients set the pace and show me where they are ready to work. I believe that people have an innate instinct towards healing and are already attempting to do the work that they know on some level needs to be done. I see it as my job to see what they're trying to do and help them do it.
In life and as a therapist, I try very hard. That's just me. I love seeing my clients reach their goals. I love it when they tell me how surprised they were when they just did this new and different thing that used to be beyond them, but this time seemed doable or even effortless. I love this work, and I love to discover new ways to help, new things to bring to the room for my clients. I'm always looking for opportunities for my own personal growth, and I'm honored when I can be a part of that growth for someone else.
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I LOVE TO WORK WITH:
Individuals dealing with trauma, abuse, relationship problems or coping with an upsetting life event
education & experience
Along with all of my life experiences that inform me as a therapist, I also have a formal education that adds to what I offer. I received my Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology from Webster University, which I attended at their Leiden campus in The Netherlands. I returned to California and received my Master’s of Arts in Counseling Psychology from California State University, Sacramento. Since then I’ve had the opportunity to work with many different populations, ranging from school children and their families to trauma survivors associated with domestic violence and sexual assault.
I’ve also pursued specific trainings and specializations that further enhance what I can bring with me to any session. I am a certified EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapist, and I’m also trained in TF-CBT (Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavior Therapy). These two specialized techniques are especially useful in treating people who are struggling with symptoms related to trauma. I’ve also pursued specialized training in relationships with level 1 training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy and Emotion Focused Couples therapy (EFT). I find that these trainings are complementary to each other and increase my understanding of not only intimate couple relationships but the natural human individual needs that we all share and seek with each other.
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