During my early and teen years, I watched my mom struggle with multiple autoimmune diseases that were labeled as lifelong. In my early twenties, I watched her heal. Watching my mother heal herself through alternative methods reshaped the way I look at my relationship between my inner and outer worlds. I faced losing her and was witness to her transformation firsthand, this sparked in me a commitment to taking care of myself not only physically but mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
Through my own wellness journey, I’ve learned that loving and accepting myself entirely as I am is a critical aspect to feeling well. This stands as a foundational component of my belief system and influences my holistic approach to therapy.
I received my M.A. in Counseling Psychology from California Institute of Integral Studies with an emphasis in Integrative Counseling.
The different Modalities and Orientations I use in session
I use a humanistic approach to our work together. Humanistic therapy uses a whole person perspective that takes systems and beliefs into consideration. I focus on promoting growth through heightened awareness and understanding of self/patterns, body-mind integration and focusing on well-being.
In our work together, I hope to bridge the gap between the body and the mind. Somatic psychotherapy uses current research in neurosciences as well as contemplative eastern practices to integrate communication between the body and the mind. By developing this skill you build self awareness and help to decrease physical discomfort, like anxiety.
Internal Family Systems
Internal family systems works with the many different parts of ourselves. Everyone has parts of themselves, or their personality, that they are proud of and other parts they would rather hide. Learning about all of these parts and how they function as a whole is key in understanding patterns of behavior. When one is able to acknowledge and recognize each part, especially the parts of ourselves that are harder to look at and hold, true healing occurs. Together, we will get curious about all the different parts your psyche, discover their functions and needs and strive to integrate these part to create more harmony and ease.
Mindfulness is woven into all aspects of our work together. It is through mindfulness that we can become aware of your unique patterning, feeling, thoughts, and behaviors. This may look like breathwork, guided imagery, visualization exercises, meditation, and other techniques that develop self awareness and foster relaxation and ease.
What I Have Experience and Interest in Working With:
Oncology and chronic illness
Anxiety and Depression
Building Emotional Awareness
Dating and Intimate Relationships
Attachment Trauma/ Wounding
Discovering Needs and Practicing Boundaries
Reparenting Inner Child
Sex, Sexuality and Sexual Trauma
Burnout/ Stress/ Overwhelm
Parents Of Teens
Self Empowerment and Self Care Practices
Healing from Codependent Relationships
Alcoholic Family Systems/ Children of Substance Abuse
Self Development and General Curiosity
Compassion Based Resilience Training
Nalanda Institute 2021
uses the wisdom of contemplative practices to address and treat chronic stress, burnout, fatigue, illness, and everyday stress. These practices help build resilience and well-being of mind, heart, and body.
Berkeley Herbal Center 2017-19
Here I studied herbal medicine and how to use plant medicines as preventative care and treatment for various ailments, including stress reduction.