Helping others has been a lifelong goal for me that started right out of high school. While attending Indiana University to earn my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, I worked in group homes helping adults with disabilities. I graduated in 2001 and promptly moved to California to start my new adventure.
In 2002, I began working with at-risk youth in a residential treatment facility. This provided an opportunity to experience a wide range of adolescent issues. I used a behavioral approach to teach coping skills and provided support to utilize those skills. During that time, I realized that the family played a large part in the success or failure of the adolescent.
To make a bigger impact, I earned my Master of Science in Psychology from California Lutheran University for the practice of marriage and family therapy in 2007. After graduation, I continued to help children through Jewish Family Services. Attending IEPs and working with parents, teachers, and case managers added another layer to my knowledge.
I have been in private practice for over 10 years and my focus has been on divorce issues. This encompasses a wide range of people and problem areas which I go into more detail in the next section. I approach therapy in a couple ways, mainly using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and mindfulness. At the end of the day, I am doing what I always dreamed of and I hope that comes through in my work.