We all need help sometimes.
As we move through life, we carry lessons, patterns, thoughts, and behaviors with us on our journeys. Sometimes, these narratives serve us and contribute to our health and success, and sometimes they hold us back or cause us pain. By partnering together, we have the opportunity to deepen collective understanding of your experiences, behaviors, and identity- this knowledge provides us with an important foundation for exploring change strategies and trying new things.
There are many paths to healing. In therapy sessions, we may work on confronting difficult patterns, experimenting with new coping strategies, or exploring core values and beliefs that guide you. We may also use humor, narratives from your favorite movies/shows, or play games to reinforce learning. Most of us can’t do this work alone, we need support and connection to be able to move through emotional pain and get ourselves un-stuck. I believe that a strong therapeutic relationship has the power to support people as they pursue healing, movement towards goals, and continued insight and development throughout the lifespan. I have witnessed the profound impacts of therapy over and over again.
I specialize in working with children, teens, and young adults (ages 5-25) going through all stages of development. Growing up is hard, and it’s normal to need help along the way. I am a Child Mental Health Specialist and have extensive training and experience in partnering with families to treat children or teens struggling with traumatic experiences, emotional dysregulation, anxiety, depression, or grief and loss. I work with young people and family systems to build skills, understanding, and connections that support healing. I believe that we are stronger together and my goal is to support you in achieving your goals and fostering positive, fulfilling relationships.
My practice focuses on working with children, teenagers, and transition-aged young adults (5-25 years). I use an integrative therapeutic approach to meet the individual needs of each client. My practice is built on a strengths-based, client-centered foundation; this allows us to create a therapeutic environment that honors your personal identity and skills.
I believe in offering treatment that works and I am trained in today’s leading evidence-based practices, including:
DBT is an empowering, skills-based approach that is aimed to support people in “living a life worth living.” The foundation of DBT theory is based in practicing a balance between acceptance and change. DBT teaches us skills to increase mindfulness, distress tolerance, emotion regulation, and interpersonal effectiveness.
CBT is a therapeutic approach that helps us to understand the connection between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. CBT allows a specific focus on thinking patterns, and behavioral interventions, that can support us in disrupting patterns of distressing emotions.
PCIT is a parenting intervention that promotes positive behaviors in children aged 2-7 years. PCIT aims to build warmth and security in the parent-child relationship, while also teaching parents effective behavior management strategies. I am a Certified PCIT therapist, with PCIT International.
ACT helps us to explore our values and the connection between our behaviors and our desires. ACT helps us lead a life true to our personal beliefs, and make intentional movement towards our goals.
EMDR is a unique therapy, that utilizes individualized processing techniques and eye movements to heal the mind that suffers from emotional distress and trauma symptoms.
In my free time, I love playing games, swimming, going to concerts, and traveling the world. I take time for myself by exploring beautiful walking trails, reading a good book, or taking a yoga class. My favorite thing about being a therapist is the opportunity to witness people’s strength, growth and resiliency. I love sharing joy and laughter with others, in any context.
I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) in Washington State. License #: LW60990291
Please feel free to reach out if you are contemplating services for yourself, or a loved one. My office is located in the heart of Fremont.
I offer a free 15-minute phone consultation, to allow us to connect and see if I might be a good fit for you, or your child.