Here's some personal info:
I am a compassionate truth-seeker and truth-speaker. I am a deep feeler, and I value presence, sensitivity and thoughtfulness, as well as curiosity, play and creativity.
I was initiated into my own personal healing journey through loss, which shook me to my core, but also brought me into a more full experience of my self. This loss sparked deep exploration of my inner world, bringing me closer to my emotional truths. Through this process, I have come to understand the experience of going into unknown, uncharted territory, and the transformation that is possible through the courageous act of self exploration with the support of honest, attentive relationship. Today, I continue to do the work of making space for my heart, connecting with my body, and sinking more fully into my experience.
I believe therapy can be a revolutionary and rebellious act: it can support you in challenging the rules and agreements of the past, going against the grain of conditioned societal and systemic patterns, and creating choice, intimacy, & aliveness where habitual walls once stood.
Painting, drawing, and singing are my favorite- and I feel most at home near the ocean, surrounded by trees. I feel excited and inspired when exploring the different ways in which we can cultivate healing and balance in our lives, including gardening, herbalism and plant medicine, yoga, meditation, and ritual. I am constantly in awe of the mystery of life, and am grateful for the lessons which guide me in learning how to be with the wholeness of my human experience. I am also deeply grateful for the relationships and experiences which teach me how to hold myself and others with love, acceptance, and compassion.
Here's some professional info:
M. A. in Integral Counseling Psychology, California Institute of Integral Studies
B. A. in Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara.
Staff Therapist, Integral Counseling Center at Pierce Street
Associate Therapist, Holos Institute in Oakland
Associate Therapist, Creekside Middle School in Castro Valley
10+ years of experience working as a case manager and mental health professional for various non-profit community agencies serving vulnerable populations in both Santa Barbara and the Bay Area.
I have taken coursework and participated in trainings exploring a variety of topics including: Psychodyamic Psychotherapy, Trauma-Informed therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Expressive Arts Therapy, Eco-therapy and Eco-psychology, T-Group Process, Jungian Depth Psychology, AEDP, Feminine Spirituality & Psychology, Mindfulness and Hakomi.
I have participated in trainings and process groups focused on privilege, racism, gender identity & expression, and intersectionality. Additionally, I received 200 hours training in massage therapy from Santa Barbara Body Therapy Institute in 2008, and completed the year-long Permaculture certification course at The Regenerative Design Institute in 2016. In 2015, I also helped to create WanderGirls, a summer camp for girls ages 9-13, which supports girls in connecting to themselves, each other, and the earth through mindfulness, art, and nature activities.