~HELPING WOUNDED HEARTS AND MINDS FIND FULFILLMENT~
Everyone has wounded places in their hearts that could benefit from counseling. Many people at some point realize that the challenges of life are too much to manage on their own and decide to seek the expertise of a professional that can help them navigate the challenges that life can bring at times. My work is based on helping people to heal from the wounds of the past and deal with present stressors in an environment of safety and acceptance. My passion is to provide support as they work toward fulfillment in their lives. I use an intuitive, compassionate and humorous approach to therapy. I believe that therapy can help individuals, couples, families to manage and overcome obstacles that interfere with healthy relationships. Obstacles such as relational issues, trauma, anxiety, depression. My areas of expertise include trauma, PTSD, attachement issues, anxiety, depression and couples counseling, and Equine Therapy. I am trained in EMDR, CISM and Brianspotting.
I have been a licensed marriage and family therapist since 2003. From 2000-2010 I was bereavement counselor with San Diego Hospice. In 2010 I opened my private practice where I specialize in relationships, couples therapy, and treatment of trauma related issues. For many people faith is an extra tool in the tool box. I am also able to provide Christian Counseling upon request.
The Lord has given me the the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him who is weary. He awakens me morning by morning. He awakens me to hear as the learned.
Licensed Marriage Family Therapist - #40383
Masters of Arts in Counseling/Psychology - National University
Bacholors Degree in Counseling/Psychology - Christian Heritage College
Associates Degree in Child Developement - Grossmont Junior College
Attachement, Couples Counseling, Equine Therapy. EMDR, CISM, Brianspotting
Relationships can be a source of great joy and connection, but too often old wounds and hurts interfere with our ability to tap into that joy. Those wounds can create barriers between couples and manifest in pain and disconnect. Healthy relationships are about creating secure attachment and connection that allows couples to navigate the inevitable differences that two individuals bring to a relationship. Through the counseling process I help couples to develop deeper bonds by identifing negative cycles and patterns ofcommunication that interfere with their abiltiy to find fulfillment in each other.
Many individuals can experience symptoms associated with painful and traumatic circumstances. Anxiety, fear, and hopelessness are a few emotions that can linger after traumatic events. I can help you overcome these symptoms and guide you through the process of grief and healing.
Trauma can be defined as "any life altering event that has lasting effects." Laurel Parnell describes trauma as "an experience that causes one to develop erroneous beliefs about oneself and the world, and behave in ways that are not skillful." Trauma can take many forms; life threating events, childhood abuse or neglect, betrayal.
Many trauma survivors suffer in silence and live with intrusive thoughts, hyper-vigilance and restrictive behaviors that intrefer with everyday functioning. As a therapist who has worked at Ground Zero after 911, the Santana shootings and various other Critical Incidents around our city I have experience working with traumatized clients and those suffering from PTSD.
Equine-assisted psychotherapies (EAP) continue to gain popularity as a legitimate form of treating mental health and behavioral issues.
EAP is mental health therapy taken out of the office and put into an arena with horses. It is experiential in nature, which is helpful to the healing process and is often quicker than traditional talk therapy.
Communication, trust, and bonding between the client and the horse provide a unique opportunity that is not experienced in a traditional therapy session. I am able to use the relationship between the horse and individual to enhance therapeutic goals and objectives. This provides clients an opportunity to identify relational patterns and re-examine their usefulness.
The primary reason we use horses is because a horse will react or respond to a person’s behavior in much the same way that another person will. This is the dynamic that sets the use of horses apart from the use of other animals. Horses are completely honest in their responses, which allows the client to take responsibility for the relationship they build with a horse and in turn, how that effects their relationships with people.