I earned my Bachelor’s Degree in Political Sociology from Stanford University and my Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from John F. Kennedy University.
I am a licensed Marriage Family Therapist, with sixteen years of clinical experience. I specialize in working with relationships. I am a Certified Advanced Imago Relationship Therapist.
I have long been fascinated by communication, the glue of relationships. I first learned about and worked with Imago Therapy in 1994 at the Pasadena Institute for Relationships. I later trained under Dehneya Pompey of Emphasis on Communication in Pacific Grove. Dehneya taught me about NonViolent Communication and certified me as a Communication Facilitator. After I earned my License as a Therapist, I spent several years training with Imago Faculty Members Dr. Francine Beauvoir and Dr. Bruce Crapuchettes of the Pasadena Institute for Relationships. More recently I trained under Imago Faculty Member Rebecca Sears towards earning Certification as an Advanced Imago Therapist and as an Imago Workshop Presenter.
I grew up riding horses and find them to be helpful for some clients in treatment. I am Certified by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH International) as a Therapeutic Riding Instructor and as an Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning. PATH is known for having the highest safety and other standards in the industry. I provide Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy to clients who will benefit from this kind of therapy. If you are curious to know more, please give me a call, and/or visit PATH International and click on “Learn about EAAT.”
I am bilingual and provide services in English and Spanish. I have lived in Europe and South America for short periods of time and like working with people of cultures different from my own.
I am the mother of a young man who grew up with the challenge of cerebral palsy. I offer over 70 rich years of life experience which includes working in diverse fields such as exercising and starting thoroughbred race horses and driving commercial trucks. I believe my life experience helps me have empathy and compassion for what challenges my clients.
I am comfortable working with a variety of presenting issues. I work in a nonjudgmental, emotionally safe and understanding manner. As a facilitator, I help individuals, families and couples come together in a safe, mutually supportive environment to grow through conflicts and issues (including “exits” such as affairs).