I am excited to bring my passion for life and growth, as well as my experience, to the work I do with children and adults. I have been working with children for twenty years in a variety of settings including, but not limited to, schools and alternative programs for children with emotional and behavioral challenges, the Children’s Hospital of Oakland with children with chronic disease, as well as with families with children with special needs children.I have a Masters Degree from San Francisco’s California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in Integral Counseling Psychology. During my graduate studies, I did one year of training and supervision in Gestalt psychotherapy while working at the Church Street Counseling Center in San Francisco. Prior to this, I earned my Bachelors Degree in Psychology from the University of California Berkeley. I am fortunate enough to work with and learn from some of the leaders in the field of Play Therapy. In 2009 I completed an intensive Play Therapy training with Drs. Byron and Carol Norton. Currently, I am completing an advanced certification program at the Play Therapy Institute of Colorado with Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S. I am a member of the American Counseling Association and the Association for Play Therapy.
Throughout my years of education and training, I have also cultivated my passion for travel and the outdoors. I believe that fostering our passions gives us a medium to make deeper connections with ourselves and others. I have also experienced the struggles and stresses that life can present us with; thus, I know that therapy is a priceless source of support and comfort in difficult times.
In my practice, I am fully committed to the well-being of my clients. I am dedicated to providing the highest level of support and compassion, while creating a space in which they can feel, explore, learn, grow and heal.