Who I am
Being the youngest of 4 children has shaped my relational style and taught me the value of waiting patiently for change. It has also informed my idea that everyone sees an event from a particular and unique point of view. As a therapist, I see the whole person; not a set of problems to be solved or symptoms to be reduced. By collaborating with my patients around their particular issues, a holistic discovery process unfolds that becomes transformative; turning life difficulties into healing, hope, and wholeness...for individuals, couples, families, and communities.
I completed my undergraduate work in Sociology at UCLA. After two decades of working in the world of non-profit and church ministry, I finished an MA in ministry and leadership at Fuller Theological Seminary and completed my MC in Counseling from University of Phoenix. I am licensed in Arizona as a professional counselor (LPC) and an independent substance abuse counselor (LISAC). I have enriched my clinical training by completing a Residency in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). I studied to become a Certified Practitioner in Psychodrama and have done extensive training in both Emotionally Focused Couple Therapy (EFT), and Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP). I am EMDR Certified, an EMDRIA Approved Consultant and EMDRIA/Hap Facilitator. Much of my work in addictive compulsive behavior is focused on those with sexual addiction and I am a certified sex addiction therapist (CSAT). I enjoy the process of ongoing learning and have pursued all of my education with the focused intent of maximizing my effectiveness in helping you.
What I do
I work from an experiential model. My goal is to help clients integrate the insight that comes from self reflection into meaningful change in their relationships and daily routines. I am committed to providing individualized treatment, working with each client to identify their goals and develop a specific plan to help them reach those goals in their life's journey. As an experiential therapist, I work in the here-and-now to help resolve the "there-and-then." I am in my 4th decade of marriage, a mother and grandmother, worker, colleague and friend. All of my roles and relationships inform my interactions with clients but don't overrule the content of the moment.