I believe that individuals and families function at their best when they feel accepted, are free from unhelpful and often unintentional patterns, and have the necessary skills to navigate times of distress. This belief is what drives my commitment to partnering with each and every one of my clients for their progress. My love for working with youth and young adults is rooted in their resiliency and natural tendency toward growth. I am grateful every day that I was able to turn my passion into a professional career helping others.
I am a Licensed Psychologist with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, Emphasis in Family Psychology, from Azusa Pacific University (a program accredited by the American Psychological Association). Throughout my many years of training and clinical practice, I have honed my skills in working with children, adolescents, young adults, and their families. Because of my extensive experience, I am qualified to treat most social, emotional, and behavioral concerns that present in these age groups.
I have had the privilege of working in many different settings and with individuals of various backgrounds, which has helped me to value diversity in all aspects of the therapy process. One such diversity area is faith or spirituality. My graduate and undergraduate training took place at Christian institutions. If requested, I am trained to and comfortable with integrating faith into the psychotherapy process.
My style is warm and interpersonal with a combination of compassion, humor, and practical guidance. I consider client backgrounds from a systems and psychodynamic perspective. My treatment approach combines relational (psychodynamic) and practical (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) interventions and is tailored to individual needs and circumstances.