Specialties

Polyamorous relationships

Entertainment industry professionals

Athletes/Sports industry professionals

Trauma

Abuse

Infidelity 

Postpartum/Motherhood

Women's Mental Health

Life Transitions

Relationship Conflicts 

Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy

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Advanced training

Comprehensive Interpersonal Neurobiology by Dr. Daniel Siegel's Mindsight Institute

Treating Trauma Master Series by The National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine

 

Identifying Early Signs of Psychosis in Adolescents and Young Adults by Stanford University School of Medicine

Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy Certification by Fluence

Member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) as well as The American Art Therapy Association (AATA).

 

I am ultimately driven by the belief that we can't create change without awareness. I aim to bring awareness to the underlying beliefs, behaviors, and experiences that contribute to our distress. I am deeply influenced by the field of Cognitive Neuroscience and am motivated by the concept that each new thought creates a new neural pathway in the brain. The more we focus on a thought, the stronger this neural connection becomes. By manipulating our brain circuitry, we can create change. I am also a Ketamine Assisted Psychotherapy Practitioner and often recommend using the effects of Ketamine as a way to increase neuroplasticity.

 

In addition to talk therapy, I often use art as a communication tool and a means for promoting growth. We conceptualize our troubles through words and reasoning, yet the non-verbal expression is often just as insightful. As adults we are rarely given an opportunity to step away from our mental chatter and express ourselves through art. With art therapy you will be invited to put aside all your ideas of traditional talk therapy and engage in a new therapeutic experience. 

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