Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist – LMFT 108503
My grandmother worked for Calfornia’s In-Home Supportive Services for 30 years. She was a caregiver for our family, friends, and others. She inspired me to go into the healthcare field. I went to school to become a Restorative Care Nurse. I mostly worked with the elderly population in rehabilitation and assisted living facilities. In 1996 my son Destin was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, I resigned from my nursing career and became a full-time mom/caregiver for my three sons. During this period in my life, I found myself struggling with symptoms related to depression and anxiety. I sought treatment from a psychotherapist to help me find a way to cope with having a child with a developmental disability as well as decrease my anxiety and depression. This is where I found my calling to help children and families like mine. I made it my mission in life to help others struggling with anxiety, depression, uncertainty, grief, and loss.
I returned to school in 2006 to earn a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services and later in 2012 I earned a Master’s degree in Counseling with a specialty in Marriage, Family, and Child Therapy.
I provide a nonjudgemental, empathic, and supportive environment where I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Play/Art Therapy to assist my patients with meeting their treatment goals.
In January of 2020 I became a Volunteer Advocacy for Autism Speaks and recently a Life Group Leader with Shepherd Church.