I am an associate therapist with a passion for helping others be the person they want to be and tell the stories they want to tell!
Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in California
Supervised by Mona Klausing (she), MS, LMFT
Identity development is a crucial part of adolescence for many people. This process of developing a sense of self is also a major research interest of mine and one that I have dedicated a significant portion of my graduate studies to learn more about. In working with children as a school-based therapist and currently as a clinical case manager for LGBTQ+ adolescents, I have developed even more experience working with clients at this stage of the development.
Narrative therapy, as well as other postmodern modalities, were heavily emphasized as part of my graduate program. I trained under narrative thought leaders including Gerald Monk, Jan Ewing, and marcela polanco, Navid Zamani in the thought and practice around this framework. Tenets of narrative therapy also closely align with my own personal philosophies and so can be thought to inform much of the work I do even outside of explicitly narrative interventions.
Motivational interviewing has been a critical component of my work as both a school-based child therapist and as clinical case manager. Meeting my clients where they are at and also being able to support them in reaching goals toward their wellbeing is an important part of my practice that has endured since the beginning of my graduate training. This skill is refreshed through annual training I receive in my role as a clinical case manager for a local non-profit.
I identify as a queer person and have my own lived experience as part of the community that informs some of the work I do. I also currently work as a clinical case manager (connections coach) with a San Diego non-profit that works with homeless and at-risk LGBTQ+ youth which provides me additional experience working with this population.
One of my passions in research is identity development and mental health. I dedicated a portion of my studies during my graduate program to researching how intersectional experiences of pop culture in the United States can affect this process of developing a sense of self. This interest continues in the work I do as a private therapist as I aim to help others develop greater self-esteem.
I identify as a queer person and have my own lived experience as part of the community that informs some of the work I do. I also currently work as a clinical case manager with a San Diego non-profit that works with homeless and at-risk LGBTQ+ youth which provides me additional experience working with this population.