I have over 10 years of direct service experience as a social worker and 15 years experience working in the social service field. I completed my bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in human development at the University of California, Davis. I received my master’s degree in social work with a concentration in mental health and an emphasis in gerontology, from California State University, Chico.
I have been fortunate enough to have been able to work with individuals and families from diverse cultures and backgrounds. My experience includes working with bereaved individuals suffering from complicated grief, individuals who are dealing with new or chronic medical conditions, and people experiencing mental health issues. I also assist people in navigating life transitions (such as divorce and job loss) and stress (such as traumatic events, occupational stress, and caregiving burnout).
In private practice my approach is client centered. I offer individualized counseling and support based on mutually established goals. I use an eclectic mix of theoretical modalities including, but not limited to: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Gestalt, Family Structural, Worden’s Tasks of Mourning, Solution Focused Brief Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. We can discuss which approach is best suited for you based on your goals and what you are seeking counseling for.
Frequently Asked Questions
What’s the first session like?
During your first session, we will go over your intake paperwork, review some basic personal history, and what has brought you into counseling. It is an opportunity to ask me questions as well. Together we will decide if it feels right to move forward in a therapeutic relationship and schedule the next session.
How often will we meet and how long will I be in therapy?
This is something that is mutually agreed upon. Each case is unique and part of this will be dependent on your progress and goals. Generally, I see patients 2 to 4 times per month to start. Length of time differs from person to person, but can be discussed during the initial session and revisited subsequently as deemed appropriate.
What if you aren’t the right therapist for me ?
The professional relationship you have with your therapist is very important. You need to feel comfortable and confident that they are the right person to be supporting you in life's challenges. I encourage you to read the “About Me” section and utilize my free 15-minute phone consultation to help you decide if I am the right person for you. If at any point you decide it’s not a good fit, I am happy to provide additional referrals for other clinicians that might be better able to help you.
Is what we talk about confidential?
Everything we talk about is completely confidential with three exceptions. I will only break confidentiality if I believe you are an immediate danger to yourself or others, if there is a suspicion of child or elder abuse, or in the event of a court subpoena.
What are your hours?
Please call to discuss availability. I do have a limited number of weekend and evening sessions available.
Do you see children?
Currently I only see adults for individual and couples counseling.
How can I verify your license status?
I am licensed through the board of behavioral sciences. My license number is 87443. You can utilize my name or my number to review my status which can be found at bbs.ca.gov.