My career in mental health began during my undergraduate senior year at California State University, Chico I worked with female adolescents placed in a level 14 group home. The residents presented with severe mental health challenges and had extremely unhealthy behaviors. Once I graduated from Chico, I continued my education in clinical psychology achieving a master’s in counseling psychology from J.F. University in Pleasant Hill, California with an emphasis on child and adolescent therapy.
After I graduated in 2007, I moved to the Sacramento area and began working in community-based (public) programs treating serving children, adolescents, and their families. I was a case manager, behavior analyst, therapist, and clinical program manager during this time. Shortly after getting licensed in 2010, I transitioned to the private (insured) sector of mental health providing psychotherapy to children, adolescents, adults, and families.
I am grateful for my experiences as it has allowed me to gain awareness and skills to work with individuals experiencing depression, anxiety or stress, panic attacks, sleep or appetite disturbances, difficult life changes, bipolar disorders, trauma, blending (blended) families, single parenting, challenges in parenting or co-parenting, unhealthy behaviors, suicidal ideation, self-harm, identity formation, sexuality, defiant/oppositional behaviors, adjusting to new people or situations, loss and grief, psychiatric hospitalization(s), involvement with the criminal justice system or Child Protective Services, family discord/conflict, custody procedures, sibling relationship challenges, and more. I am certified in Trauma Focused–Cognitive Behavioral and life coaching. I have experience working with ages 7 to the elderly. I am also very LGBTIA+ friendly and have extensive experience working with these communities.