I am a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (AMFT 133456) at Therapy InMotion; Silicon Valley Therapy, under the supervision of Dr. Thomas Lucking, PhD, LMFT #97696 and Chandra Hoelsken, LMFT #89830. I received my bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in studio art from Marymount Manhattan College, and my master’s degree in clinical/counseling psychology from California State University San Bernardino.
I grew up in the performing arts world, mainly dance and musical theater, and performing arts will always have a place in my heart. Whether I am taking classes or performing, or working with clients through the trauma and mental health issues that can come with that field.
I also really love traveling. I love journeying to and learning about other cultures and lifestyles through experiencing them, walking alongside them. To me, therapy provides a similar experience of the journey process – walking alongside clients through their challenges, through their goals, empowering them along the way to the life they choose to lead.
I have worked with a wide variety of clients, including adults, children, teens, families, and couples of diverse backgrounds. I have helped clients with challenges ranging from depression, anxiety, trauma, relationships, self-esteem, life transitions, chronic illness, and grief/loss. I have worked in settings such as community mental health, intensive outpatient programs and partial hospitalization programs for general mental health and eating disorders, and private practice.
In therapy with me, we lead with curiosity, compassion, and a healthy dose of humor, prioritizing mental and physical health and wellness via a holistic and strengths-based approach.
As for therapeutic approaches, I use an integrative approach as I don’t believe that one size fits all. I tend to learn towards Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Person Centered, Attachment Focused, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, and Family Systems. In a world of perplexing disconnection, I gravitate toward an integrative approach to support clients gain the emotional connection with self, others, and the world.
I provide a safe space to explore the interactions between clients’ intersectional identities and the world inside and around them, with themselves, family and friends, and intimate relationships.
I’m not a regular therapist, I’m a cool therapist. Let’s be our authentic selves together.