As a South Bay native, it was important to me to create a center where people could come heal near my own backyard. I wanted to put together a group of like-minded professionals from an array of specialties who are as passionate about the healing process as I am. I have found that in this group and will continue to develop the center to be a truly integrative healing resource for our community.
As a clinician... together with my clients, I create a safe and supportive space to explore issues where they feel stuck and unable to move forward in their lives. From a person-centered approach, we uncover core false beliefs, attachment patterns and other difficulties often at the root of suffering, which blocks many from living a life of inner peace and connection to others. I help facilitate the nurturing of internal strengths within the person to cultivate acceptance, healing and growth.
I am trained in both EMDR and Somatic Experiencing which offers the opportunity to engage and resolve, in a supported way, automatic and patterned responses to trauma, anxiety, overwhelm or anger and relax into a growing sense of calm and ease. These modalities support a new, more adaptive experience to sensations, emotions and thoughts contradicting those of fear and helplessness. More recently, I trained in Internal Family Systems (receiving a certification in Somatic Parts Work) which provides a lens to understand the complexities of parts of ourselves, which seem to interfere with our wellbeing, so that we may unburden that which no longer serves us and lean more into self-energy.
I have been in the mental health field for over the past two decades working closely and learning from some of the pioneers in the field. I have experience working in all levels of care from residential to outpatient for both addiction and eating disorders, focusing mostly on underlining trauma healing. My undergrad was in Psychology and Business at USC, and I achieved a Master's in Public Health Communications from Annenberg at USC. I went on to get my Masters in Clinical Psychology from Antioch where I had the opportunity to learn Attachment Theory and Psychodynamic approaches at Tavistock Insititute in London.
Being in recovery myself, I understand the courage it takes to move towards vulnerability and honor the therapeutic space created for self-exploration and healing.