I work primarily with individual adults, but also children as young as 10 years old and adolescents. When working with children, I often involve the parents or caregivers in family therapy sessions. In addition to regular talk therapy, I use art, sand play and other play therapy techniques with children. When it seems that adult members of a family are not relating well to one another, I also work with adults in families.
I am an EMDRIA-certified EMDR therapist and find that EMDR Therapy is very helpful in helping people let go of their traumatic incidents from the past. My experience with clinical hypnosis has also helped people with trauma, grief, anxiety, unwanted habits like over-eating and smoking, and depression. It is a joy to help people at an unconscious level to overcome the barriers that their everyday, conscious minds can sometimes create.
In past positions, I have also done group therapy, collateral work with significant others, other health care providers, and other people involved in my clients' lives. I have also done case management, referrals, and advocacy in past agency jobs.
Some of the places I have gained clinical experience include OMI Family Center, Kaiser Chemical Dependency Recovery Program, Los Guilucos Juvenile Facility in Santa Rosa and the John F. Kennedy Community Counseling Center. After receiving my license I worked at Episcopal Sanctuary and Walden House until I started my private practice in 2004. I moved to the Antelope Valley from the San Francisco Bay Area in 2009 and have a private practice here as well. My clients have been from a wide variety of various ethnic groups and socioeconomic backgrounds. I create a warm, supportive and affirming environment for LGBTQQIA+ youth and adults. I have worked with clients who are severely mentally ill, dually diagnosed with mental illness and substance abuse, as well as grief, anxiety, depression and low self-esteem. Trauma and grief can happen to everyone at some point in life. What makes the difference is how we use the experiences to grow and learn.
Many of the people with whom I have worked have severe physical challenges and physical disability as well. To support people with environmental illnesses, I strive to provide a scent-free office. As someone who has health challenges, I understand that we all have strengths and we all have things we wish were different about our lives. The specific challenges vary from person to person. My job is to find the common element of suffering, understand it, and help you heal it. Together we bring your strengths to the forefront and find a way to triumph over your challenges. I am honored to help you with your unique challenges.
Please call me to set up an appointment at 661-233-6771.