I am a licensed clinical psychologist (PSY 30468) and take an integrative approach to psychotherapy, interweaving techniques from psychodynamic and mindfulness evidence-based treatments. My goal in working with people is to help cultivate the balance between finding grace in being present with life experiences, and the motivation to create meaningful changes in one’s life. I obtained my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from UC Santa Barbara, where I was trained in a range of therapeutic techniques. It was during this time that I experienced the powerful effects of bringing the active use of mindfulness into psychotherapy, with the implementation of tools from modalities such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT). In the years following, I have expanded on my learning by becoming a certified yoga instructor trained by Tracey Rich and Ganga White at the White Lotus Foundation of Santa Barbara, and was trained in the facilitation of Buddhist meditation by Drs. Radhule Weininger and Michael Kearney through the Mindful Heart Programs of Santa Barbara. I have enjoyed contributing to our community of psychologists-in-training as an adjunct faculty at UCSB, Antioch University, and Westmont College, and am currently serving on the board for Santa Barbara County Psychological Association (SBCPA).
My training has also included conducting research and obtaining certification in providing behavioral treatments such as Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT) to children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders and developmental disabilities through UCSB’s Koegel Autism Center and UCLA’s Center for Autism Research and Treatment (CART). Since this time, I have also deeply enjoyed working in community mental health settings such as Child Abuse Listening Mediation (CALM) and Morrison Child & Family Services based in Portland, Oregon. In these contexts I have provided treatment for underserved children and families experiencing various forms of trauma. I also provide treatment for couples and families, and am trained in the Gottman Method of couples therapy. In my work, I find joy in the incorporation of techniques from somatic psychotherapy, music therapy, sound healing, and art therapy and see that psychotherapy often benefits from the exploration of different tools in practice, in attaining the right fit for each unique situation.