Growing up on the east coast, I have always been curious about what makes people who they are. I pursued a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Virginia and went on to obtain a Masters of Social Work from the University of Denver. I so enjoyed the quality of life in Colorado that after a quick move and short stay in California, my husband and I moved back to Colorado to make it our permanent home.
My graduate and post-graduate clinical experience focused primarily on children and families and the systems that support them, such as schools, special education and early intervention programs, social services, etc. I began to understand my strength was in helping people reflect on their own life experiences and how those shape their current needs and, more specifically, helping adults consider the needs of children.
I found an opportunity to utilize my strengths and expand my skills by pursuing a job as a mental health consultant in the San Francisco Bay Area, in a program which is nationally recognized for its best practices in the field. During my time there and in subsequent positions, I provided therapy and consultation to children and adults in a variety of settings. I have assisted clients with multiple stressors such as anxiety and depression, life transitions, grief and loss, parenting, navigating interpersonal relationships, and the effects of trauma.
My unique experience in the field has informed the ways I understand individuals, children, and families. I believe that the systems in which we live, whether a family, school or community, influence our understanding of ourselves and others. My work within and around these systems has given me significant opportunities to observe just how influential they can be and to develop ways to support individuals in making sense of the systems of which they are a part.
This field is ever-changing and I believe it is important to stay connected to my own learning. Over the years, I have pursued additional training in maternal mental health, parent-child therapy, play therapy, reflective practice, conflict resolution, and group facilitation. I also have experience using somatic therapy and mindfulness practices. I have provided reflective supervision and consultation to other professionals in the mental health field and have given numerous trainings and professional development workshops.
In addition to formal training, I learn the most from my clients and from being a wife and a mother to my two boys. Feel free to call or email with specific questions about my training.