Life is full of complexity, variation, beauty, and difficulty. The purpose of my practice is to help individuals navigate that complexity, the good and the bad, so they can better appreciate all that life can offer.
In our work together I hope to collaborate, explore your experiences, and find ways to best meet your goals. I work from the belief that you are the expert and the narrator of your own story, and I’m dedicated to creating a comfortable space in which to explore it.
Education and Training
I hold a Masters of Social Work from the University of Toronto, specialized in health and mental health, as well as a Bachelors in Psychology from UC Davis. I have extensive training in Schema Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Mindfulness Based Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing.
In my practice, I work with people from many different walks of life. I have worked with individuals in the LGBTQIA+ community, individuals with learning differences such as Autism Spectrum and ADHD, immigrants and refugees, and individuals with chronic pain and illnesses. I have experience working with individuals ages 13-75.
My current focus is on Schema Therapy, a practice that focuses on the exploration of behaviours, patterns of thinking, and underlying needs. Schema Therapy is often used to treat trauma, by allowing clients to safely engage with their most difficult memories to change the way they feel about these painful experiences.
I aim to cultivate a warm, non-judgmental space in which we can work together to meet your needs. I have extensive training in cross-cultural practice, and believe in upholding and respecting each individual’s cultural needs and perspectives. My practice is rooted in trauma informed care, anti-oppressive practice, and person-centered approaches.
During our first session we will get to know each other, and explore your goals to better understand how we can work together.
I am compassionate and empathetic. I use these attributes to cultivate a warm, non judgemental space in which we can work together to meet your needs.
I am originally from a small town in California. I was aware from a young age of the effects that the drug epidemic, and rising housing costs, and systemic inequality had on my community. This experience led me towards the study of mental health, and forms the basis of my current practice.
During my studies, I found that traditional psychotherapy rarely engages with how our environment affects their mental health. I became passionate about social work as it focuses not only on the individual, but also their environment. Today, I work with individuals to not only look at themselves, but at how their surroundings impact their mental wellbeing.