I help people.
I have had over 26 years of professional experience and training to come alongside people as they desire to grow personally, professionally, and in their relationships. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a specialization in relationship counseling using the Gottman Method, a science based therapeutic approach that is proven to help heal and strengthen marriages and romantic relationships. In addition to my formal training, I have had many personal experiences that forced me to gather up the courage to enter into the unknown and embrace vulnerability and growth that change and loss can provide.
Whether your relationship is in crisis or you just need an assist through a difficult time in your lives, I can help you find a road map to a healthy and happy relationship. I know the pain of a failing relationship, I know the joy of a thriving one. I know the feeling of hitting mid-life and wondering, “What now?”. I know grief and I know loss. I know divorce, I know marriage. I know parenting and step-parenting. I know challenge and fear, but I also know joy and success - and I can help guide you through the challenges to the growth and promise that lie ahead.
I have a Masters of Social Work (MSW) degree from San Diego State University and obtained my Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) professional certification in 1999. I am currently employed as a clinical social worker at St Joseph Hospital, in addition to my private practice. I am a Gottman Method Couples Therapist (level 2) and a Dr. Brene’ Brown Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator, located in Santa Ana, CA.
My style integrates a variety of approaches, such as Gottman Method Couples Therapy, client-centered, and cognitive-behavior therapy. I am strongly psycho-educational, which means I teach my clients and equip them with tools to help themselves. And I am very action oriented, as I work with couples to identify unhealthy relational and thought patterns, so that they can create meaningful and satisfying relationships and progress towards life goals. I believe that we must have some understanding of how our past experiences have shaped us and their influence on our current lives, so I help people integrate this crucial understanding to sustain healthy relationships that will give the connection, joy, and belonging that we all need to thrive.