I have been endlessly fascinated with the human psyche and relationships between people for as long as I can remember. Through my 20s I was personally suffering deeply in ways I didn’t fully understand. I found myself caught up in an emotionally and verbally abusive relationship, which I would have never imagined a strong, independent woman such as myself would end up in. I learned that being a victim of abuse is not something that just happens to “weak,” or “naive” people, it is something can happen to anyone, as a result of our early programming and attachment styles. When I finally broke free from that relationship, I had a lot of work to do to find myself again, rebuild my self-esteem, and heal. After trying out various jobs, which weren’t fulfilling my soul, I realized that my true passion was to help others who were struggling.
My life’s path eventually led me to get my Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University. While at Antioch I participated in one of the country’s first LBGT specializations, where I learned about the unique and complex history and struggles of the LGBT community, and how to work with an LGBTQIA affirmative approach. I also had the very fortunate opportunity to travel to Japan and France to study the ways in which Zen and Tibetan Buddhism, and the practice of meditation, can be integrated with western schools of psychology to improve mental health. Those experiences greatly inform and influence the work I do with my clients.
In my free time I enjoy practicing yoga, running, listening to music, dancing, traveling, snowboarding, and spending time with friends (human and animal). I am on a constant quest for learning, self-discovery, and growth, so that I am at my best for the clients I service.