I work from the perspective that we all do our best to adapt to our environment. When that environment is chaotic or threatening, we do whatever we must to survive. Chaotic and threatening environments come in many forms and every experience is unique. Overtime, the patterns we learned to adapt to our environment can interfere with our relationships and impede us from becoming the people we want to be.
By exploring the patterns created in the past, processing the pain you feel in the present, and solidifying the person you want to be in the future, we can establish a more meaningful and fulfilled life lived now. It is from a place of safety that we can most effectively explore the world and take risks. I want to help you get to safety.
That sense of safety has a lot to do with our relationships. Research in human development and well-being indicates that the relationships we've experienced in our lives have shaped how we know ourselves and how we perceive the world. The oft quoted John Donne poem "No Man is an Island" speaks to this interconnectivity; we affect and are affected by one another. This unavoidable interconnectivity can be the source of our greatest joys and deepest sorrows. A lack of safety in our most important relationships affect how we approach future relationships, and how we know ourselves. The perception of oneself as unlovable or worthless is often a reflection of relational experiences. Therapy aims to form a new kind of relationship; the most challenging and distressing aspects of oneself are able to be explored in safety.
I have been trained in a variety of trauma treatment modalities, including certification in the Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM) and the EMDRIA approved Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Training. I use these tools on a case-by-case basis, dependent on each client's needs and preference. I do not subscribe to rigid methodologies, and I emphasize the importance of a collaborative working relationship.
I studied Clinical Psychology at Pepperdine University's Graduate School of Education and Psychology, where I obtained a Master's degree in the subject. I completed the majority of my post-graduate internship hours at the Southern California Counseling Center, where I provided counseling services to individuals, couples, and children. Before my graduate level education I worked as a case manager and behavioral therapist, an experience that greatly influenced my current perspective on resiliency and development.
Additional Education: BA in Psychology and Philosophy - Boston University MA in Clinical Psychology - Pepperdine University
Southern California Counseling Center Training Courses: Clinical Skills Training Family and Couples Training Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Training Couples Therapy with Marshal Jung EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Certification TRM (Trauma Resiliency Model) Certification