I'm a warm and humorous therapist supporting clients in understanding and creating meaning in their lives to affect change.
Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Ventura, CA
Supervised by Ben Heilveil, LMFT #107010
Adolescence is a time of great transition--it can be both beautiful and chaotic. My goal is to help teens navigate their thresholds and emerge into adulthood with a solid understanding of who they are and how they want to show up in the world. I have experience working with teens in both middle and high school settings on issues arranging from family tension, school pressure, and moderate mental illness.
I have experience working with children from 4 to 12 years old. Incorporating play, imagination, and mindfulness. I help children make sense of their world, empower them to use their voice, and navigate family dynamics. My practice with children is grounded in the Sandplay work of Dora Kalff, the Play Therapy techniques of Violet Oaklander, and includes the neuroscience of Dan Seigel.
Anxiety can manifest in many different ways - avoidance of events or people, physical distress, inability to focus, persistent unwanted thoughts. Combing CBT and Depth Therapy, I support clients in developing the ability to tolerate and reduce symptoms of anxiety, while also working to understand unconscious patterns and previous life experiences that affect the present moment.
Depth Psychology is rooted in Freudian and Jungian notions that unconscious factors affect our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. By exploring the unconscious through active imagination, dream work, shadow work, and soul exploration, one can better know themself. In the depth tradition, we explore the world mythopoetically, allowing us to understand and make meaning of our lives through myth, metaphor, and poetry.
Play is a foundational experience. Especially for younger people, play provides an opportunity to make sense of one's world, assert a sense of safety and control, and develop self-confidence, and it's fun! I have found play to be effective in helping children act out experiences in their life that they are trying to make sense of and feelings that they are looking for words for as they develop their own emotional vocabulary.
Psychodynamic Therapy is the modern grandchild of traditional psychoanalysis. Rooted in the belief that understanding previous life experiences and patterns can aid one in making sense of struggles and behaviors in the present moment, this orientation allows for deep exploration of one's psyche and the different contexts that may affect it.