EDUCATION

I completed my Bachelors of Science Degree in Psychology, with a minor in Mathematics at the University of California, Davis. I then went on to earn a Masters in Counseling, with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) at Saint Mary's College. My Masters Project is a comprehensive review of the research on mindfulness as part of an 8-week group therapy treatment to help adolescents with depression, anxiety, and other mental health problems. I consider myself a lifelong learner; I am continuously seeking a new certification post-licensure. 

EXPERIENCE

I am licensed to practice psychotherapy through the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. My experience in the mental health field includes in-patient and out-patient settings. I currently work for a non-profit organization in Pleasant Hill called COFY (Community Options for Families and Youth). My position at COFY is part of the Education and Mental Health Management (EMHM) Department and we contract with local school districts to provide counseling services, conduct Educationally Related Mental Services (ERMHS) Assessments, and provide residential placement recommendations. 

I previously worked as a Clinical Therapist at a Mental Health Rehabilitation Center (MHRC) in Oakland. As Clinical Therapist I worked as part of a multidisciplinary team that included a psychiatrist, mental health worker, nurse, and rehab therapist to help clients who suffer from severe and persistent mental illness reach their full potential. I also have experience working with adolescents, young adults, and children on the autistic spectrum. I worked as an intern at CSU East Bay where I did brief-therapy with university students. Feel free to ask me during our phone conversation about my past experience and current focus of training.

Training

  • EMDRIA Approved Basic EMDR Training Instructor: Phillip Manfield, Berkeley, CA
  • EMDRIA Approved Consultants: Nancy Joyce, LMFT & Rachel Walker, LMFT
  • Certificate of Completion of EMDR Basic Training received on March 27th 2017

For those who do not know about EMDR (Eye Movement Desesntization Reprocessing), follow this link for more information: http://www.emdria.org/?page=emdr_therapy