Education and Training
I am continually learning on a personal and professional level to enhance my work as a psychotherapist and consultant, including cutting-edge neurobiological research.
I earned a Master's of Arts Degree in Counseling, with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy, from St. Mary's College of California and have been working within the mental health field since 2012 in a variety of contexts. After graduation, I continued my professional development within the specialized fields of somatic psychotherapy and the treatment of trauma (see below for more detailed information).
As a lifelong athlete, I was drawn toward somatic (mind-body) psychology and continued my education post graduation in somatic approaches, including Hakomi, Somatic Experiencing, and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy.
I am a Level I and Level II Sensorimotor Psychotherapy graduate and actively participate as an assistant in ongoing trainings.
Additionally, I completed Levels I and II Attachment-focused Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) training. I am in the process of becoming certified in EMDR and actively use this modality in treatment.
I have studied additional courses educating best practices for trauma-informed treatment, including “The Neurobiological Legacy of Trauma” from world-renowned trauma expert Janina Fisher.
My clinical work is inspired by my ongoing studies of Richard C. Schwartz (founder of Internal Family Systems Therapy), Peter Levine (founder of Somatic Experiencing), Bessel Van Der Kolk's research on trauma and the body, Ron Kurtz (founder of Hakomi Therapy), Pat Ogden (founder of Sensorimotor Psychotherapy), Janina Fisher, and Francine Shapiro (founder of EMDR), Tara Brach, Pema Chodron, Dan Siegel, Rick Hanson, Sandra Ingerman, and last but not least Mother Earth.
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