My role as a therapist is to establish a trusting and supportive therapeutic relationship with my clients. This is done by demonstrating compassion, acceptance, and encouragement in the work we do together. The "connection" that is established between the therapist and client is the foundation for change.
I use an integrative treatment approach which provides me with the ability to make systematic and appropriate use of the best interventions from different theories. This flexibility allows me to tailor my approach for each of my clients. My focus in therapy is to help my clients gain a better understanding of themselves as individuals, and as family members, friends, and partners or spouses. Together we will work to clarify and/or establish goals and values, develop new skills and strategies for better understanding and communication, and learn new ways of dealing with stress and anxiety, and other emotional problems.
I have over 25 years of experience in the social work and counseling field providing consultation, in-depth case management, and services to children, adults, families, and elderly and disabled individuals. I completed my 3,000 clinical hours required for licensure to become a Marriage and Family Therapist working as a therapist intern in a community counseling agency, and as part of my full-time employment as a social worker practitioner working for a county agency.
My professional and personal life experience have led me to private therapy specializing in working with adults. Because of my wide range of experience with such diverse groups of people in so many different settings, I believe I have a unique perspective and understanding of people and the challenges they face outside of the therapist's office. I have a tremendous amount of respect and admiration for those who are struggling both personally and professionally, and I am honored to be able to help my clients work towards growth and change and achieving their goals.
M.S. Counseling (Marriage and Family), 2002
California State University, Sacramento
B.A. Sociology (Minor in Criminal Justice), 1980
California State University, Sacramento,
Marriage and Family Therapist, 2008
License # MFC45391
Woodland Healthcare Lawrence S. Cassevah Advocacy Award, 2012
(In honor of outstanding advocacy efforts on behalf of frail adults in Yolo County)
The California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) since 2000.