Here's a bit of personal stuff:
I am a compassionate truth-seeker and truth-speaker. My journey to becoming a therapist has been lifelong.
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 the darkened corners of my internal world. Through this exploration, I have come to understand the process and 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, and sinking more fully into my truth, even though growth can still feel overwhelming sometimes.
I believe therapy can be a personal revolutionary act: it can support you in challenging the rules and agreements of the past, going against the grain of conditioned 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 or surrounded by redwood 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 a bit of professional stuff:
I received my M. A. in Integral Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies, and my B. A. in Psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
My counseling experience includes working as a Staff Therapist at the Integral Counseling Center at Pierce Street, and working as a therapist at both Holos Institute, where I see folks for one on one counseling, as well as Creekside Middle School in Castro Valley, where I meet for counseling sessions with students. I also have a decade of experience working as a case manager 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, Gestalt Therapy, Expressive Arts Therapy, Eco-therapy and Eco-psychology, T-Group Process, Jungian Depth Psychology, AEDP, Feminine Spirituality & Psychology, 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.