Who I work with
I tend to work with people who want to overcome the impact of distressing experiences or trauma. If this is you, you might think you cannot be “fixed,” you are undeserving or not good enough. You may feel “on-guard,” fearful, anxious, overwhelmed, out of control, helpless or disconnected. Feeling different has been present for most of your life as well as thinking you don’t fit in. You have some awareness and intuition that helps guide you, but you’re not sure how to move forward.
How I work
We will work together to better understand where your feelings, behaviors or patterns are coming from; empower you to recognize your strengths, and identify and build skills in dealing with emotions. I support you in increasing awareness, finding balance in your life, and taking better care of yourself. Also, we focus on helping you to no longer feel frozen or triggered by your stressful or traumatic experiences. You are the expert on yourself and I guide you with perspective and insight through gentle compassion and integrity. Additionally, I offer information so clients can feel validated, aware and informed.
I believe empowered, aware individuals will change the world.
That’s why I became a trauma therapist. I believe that you deserve to feel whole, important and loved. I believe you matter.
From my experience in collaborating with clients, I know you can work through these challenges and that you are not broken. Healing is possible if you are willing to be honest and do something different to make changes. As an EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) Certified Therapist, I have specialized training, knowledge and experience in trauma counseling with clients who have encountered one-time or ongoing traumatic or stressful incidents. As a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP), my empathetic and intuitive nature helps me in supporting and understanding my clients, their needs and meeting them where they are at.
If this resonates with you and you’re ready to invest in yourself, put effort into your healing and see transformations in your life, please contact me to set up a free, 20 minute consultation to see if we are the right fit!
Credentials & Education
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing) Certified Therapist
EMDRIA Approved Consultant
Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy
Sonoma State University 2008
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
University of Kansas 2004
EMDRIA Approved Basic Training in EMDR
Presented by Sonoma Psychotherapy Institute
At the Crossroads of Trauma Therapy: Integrating EMDR, Structural Dissociation, Attachment Repair & Parts Work (participated as student 2018, as facilitator 2020-2023)
Presented by Rachel Walker, LMFT
Mastering Trauma-Informed Therapy
Presented by Rachel Walker, LMFT and Colleen West, LMFT
EMDR Toolbox: AIP Methods for Treating Adult Clients with Complex PTSD and Dissociative Personality Structure
Presented by Jim Knipe, PhD
FLASH Technique: Basic Principles and Protocols
Presented by Philip Manfield, PhD
Internal Family Systems(IFS) Online Circle Training
Presented by the IFS Institute
Stabilization Skills in the Treatment of Complex Developmental Trauma Disorders
Presented by Kathy Steele, MN, CS, APRN
Dissociative Identity Disorder: Valuable Perspectives and Tools from Structural Dissociation, Ego State Therapy and EMDR Therapy
Presented by Farnsworth Lobenstine, LICSW and Gillian Clissold, LPC
Mastering the Treatment of Complex Trauma: Effectively Treating Parts
Presented by Kathleen M. Martin, LCSW
The Progressive Approach: An Introductory Guide for EMDR therapists
Presented by Dolores Mosquera, MA, Psy
The Body Keeps the Score: Integration of Mind, Brain, and Body in the Treatment of Trauma
Presented by Bessel Van der Kolk, MD and Licia Sky, BFA, MFT
Attachment Focused EMDR: Healing Developmental Deficits and Adults Abused as Children
Presented by Laurel Parnell, PhD
Identifying and Treating Childhood Emotional Neglect: An Overview
Presented by Jonice Webb, PhD
Validating the Trait of High Sensitivity
Presented by Dr. Elaine Aron
Introduction to Sensory Processing Sensitivity
Presented by Beth Dawson, LMSW and April Snow, LMFT
Black Minds Matter
Presented by Dr. Luke Wood, Ph.D.
Anti-Racism Therapy: Moving Beyond Cultural Competence
Presented by Thema Bryant-Davis , Ph.D
CAMFT (California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists)
Member since 2007
RECAMFT (Redwood Empire California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists)
Member since 2018
EMDRIA (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing International Association)
Member since 2015