Mission Statement

Lighthouse

Mental health symptoms can often appear unidimensional. What I mean by this is that when someone seeks treatment, it's typically because symptoms are in some way or another, wreaking havoc in that person's life. Frequently, there is some degree of pain and distress that the person is longing to rid. Simply (and most understandably) put, the majority of my clients respond that they "just want to feel better" when questioned what they would like to gain from psychotherapy. After all, we are neurobiologically wired to favor what feels good.

 

What can be hard to discern, particularly when bombarded with suffering that is severe or persistent, is the multidimensional nature of symptoms. What I'm alluding to is my belief that symptoms symbolize the psyche's readiness for change. Ironically, growth is not considered as pressing unless there's a problem at hand. For instance, a child learns to walk because of the adaptive need for greater mobility; crawling around just doesn't cut it and becomes problematic when there's a world out there in need of exploring on two legs.

 

Psychologically, the appearance of mental health concerns can actually represent a calling and indication that the psyche is instinctively needing to mature. For this reason, I heavily rely on and full-heartedly trust in each client's intuitive, intentional, and inborn ability to effectively respond to such "calling." By attempting to understand as well as relate to symptoms (instead of trying to rid them), the way is cleared for growth to occur. This is by no means an easy process and can significantly vary per individual; however, it supports the potential for transformation if nurtured appropriately. After all, the most highly desired and valuable of treasures tend to be buried the deepest and in the most intricate (often, trickiest) ways. 

Education

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD): Clinical Psychology

Concentration: Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (APA-Accredited)

 

Master of Arts (MA): Clinical Psychology

Concentration: Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology

American School of Professional Psychology (APA-Accredited)

 

Bachelor of Science (BS): Health Science

Minor: Psychology

Chapman University

 

 

Specialty Training 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics Phase One Certified

Internal Family Systems Level One Trained

Functional Family Therapy Certified

Theraplay and Marschak Interaction Method Level One Trained

 

I have completed the University of California San Diego Play Therapy Certification Extension Program and Texas Sandplay Society Certified Sandplay Training Program and in preparation for certification as a Registered Play Therapist (RPT) and Certified Sandplay Therapist (CST), respectively.  I am also currently enrolled in the C.G. Jung Institute Certificate Program in Jungian Studies for Clinicians.

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