As a hospice social worker for nearly ten years I provided anticipatory grief and loss support, resource navigation and end of life care and guidance for patients and their families. I then decided to make a U-turn to the start of life following the birth of my own motherhood. I now provide therapeutic support to individuals and couples coping with fertility challenges, pregnancy, postpartum mood disorders, and beyond.
The similarities between the beginning and end of life continues to astound me. Changing roles and identities; feelings of anxiety, depression and grief; the importance of caring for the caregiver; both the fragility and resilience that is built into every human; the transitions from womb to life and from life to death; and ultimately the art of living with the unknown…
As one who is intimately familiar with personal loss, infertility and motherhood, I find it an absolute honor when given the opportunity to walk beside another through her (or his!) journey of uncertainty and hope. I am especially passionate about working with individuals and couples exploring and or/undergoing fertility treatment and all that ensues- physically, emotionally and spiritually.
I am a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine: Mental Health Professional Group. I received a B.A. in Psychology and a B.A. in Asian American Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Master of Social Work at San Jose State University.Licensed Clinical Social Worker, LCSW #61669
Becoming a therapist is a calling for me – but it took me a long while to get here. I’ve worked in high tech, customer service, community relations, taught drama, movement and prenatal yoga. I’ve done my own personal soul searching, through therapy, yoga, meditation, spirituality, reading, and the list goes on. As a mom and a partner, I’ve struggled with loss, fertility, parenting and identity, not to mention how to balance it all in this fast-paced world.
All of these things are pieces to a puzzle – they all fit together to shape me into the therapist – and person -- I want to be. Perhaps as you’re reading this, you are considering your own puzzle pieces – all of the strengths and struggles and experiences that make you who you are.
I strongly believe that my clients are the leaders of their own journey, and that they have the strength and the power to heal. My job is to help illuminate the path to discovery and find meaning in life’s accomplishments and challenges.
With my clients, I work on a holistic and transpersonal level, meaning that the mind, body and spirit – and the world -- are intertwined and connected. I always take a mindful, non-judgmental, person-centered approach – ebbing and flowing with what the client needs in the present moment.
Areas of particular interest are: grief and loss, life transitions, attachment struggles, birth stories – your own or your child’s, prenatal & postpartum transitions, parenting challenges, anxiety & depression and group work.
M.A., Holistic Counseling Psychology, John F. Kennedy University
B.A., Drama, University of California, Irvine
Whole Birth ® Prenatal Yoga Teacher Certification
Associate Marriage & Family Therapist, IMF# 90402.
Supervised by Jessica Sorci, LMFT #53881
Relationships have the power to heal and transform lives; psychotherapy is a uniquely intimate and powerful relationship that opens us up at our very core and allows us to touch and reshape our essential selves. What an incredible gift it is to accompany people into their greater depths as they come to trust themselves.
Motherhood is soulful and vulnerable and I'm passionate about supporting women and their families during this most tender and critical time of life. Like many of my clients, I'm a working mom, finding my way as I go, struggling and cherishing, triumphing and feeling overwhelmed at times. I continue to expand and challenge my own mind, body and spirit through my personal work, play and exploration which is vital to my ability to work effectively with others in a healing capacity.
Areas of particular interest and ongoing study include Internal Family Systems, pre and perinatal psychology, meditation and mindfulness, somatic modalities of healing, neuroscience, creative expression, spirituality, blended families and parenthood - as well as all of the relational and attachment struggles that emerge between people who matter to each other. I work with individuals and couples in my practice and I facilitate a variety of unique groups and offerings on the subject of motherhood and women's wellness. I specialize in the following:
* prenatal and postpartum transitions
* marital challenges (including separation and divorce)
* blended families
* anxiety (intrusive thoughts and preoccupation)
* attachment & relational struggles (failure to connect with others, destructive, painful "love")
I received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California at Los Angeles and a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University. LMFT #53881
The journey into and through motherhood invites us to experience intense love and joy, but it also touches our most raw and vulnerable parts. We may experience worries of not being good enough or fears of losing our identity. The practical challenges of becoming a parent (such as breastfeeding and balancing work and home) can be particularly difficult and overwhelming when sleep deprived. Even the strongest/most capable among us sometimes experience stressors that challenge our ability to cope.
The poet John O’Donohue once wrote that our greatest longing is to be seen. I have a warm, accepting style that encourages you to process painful feelings and experiences and move toward healing and growth. My approach is creative and collaborative— based on your unique experience, strengths, and challenges. Drawing from humanistic and experiential theory, I incorporate positive psychology, mindfulness, and expressive arts to help clients accept themselves, challenge maladaptive thoughts, authentically connect with those they care about, and slow down and experience the moment.
As a therapist and mother, I understand how difficult it can be to take time for yourself when you may feel like you are barely keeping up with the demands of life and motherhood. But I also know that taking the time now, to increase self-awareness can move you beyond mere survival and transform your experience of motherhood. I invite you to discover meaning in your new role as a mother, connect with inner strengths and wisdom and recreate harmony and meaning in your life.
Areas of Focus:
Prenatal and Postpartum
Postpartum Anxiety and Depression
Grief and Loss
I received a BA from Goucher College and a Masters in Counseling Psychology from John F Kennedy University. Licensed Marriage Family Therapist #102811
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I aspire to meet parents wherever they are in their evolving journey of parenthood. Maybe you're a new mom adjusting to motherhood for the first time, maybe your child recently received a diagnosis, or maybe you have a second little one on the way. I’m passionate about providing support and guidance through the many transitions of parenthood.
I specialize in supporting parents of children with special needs. I began my career as a behavioral therapist working with kids with developmental delays nearly a decade ago. With that experience, I now guide parents in understanding their child's diagnosis and unique needs, navigating difficult behaviors, implementing positive reinforcement strategies, and increasing coping skills, support, and resources.
After becoming a mom for the first time myself two years ago, I found an additional passion- supporting new moms in adjusting to motherhood. For many women, this transition is full of highs and lows and having someone to help you navigate the hills and valleys can be invaluable.
I received my B.A. from San Jose State University and my M.S. in Counseling Psychology from California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks California. LMFT #91146
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