- Attachment Trauma
- Childhood Trauma
- Complex Trauma
- First Gen Trauma
- First Responder Trauma
- Intergenerational Trauma
- Military/Combat Trauma
- Sexual Trauma
- Adults (20+)
Kind; open and honest; motivating; evidence-based.
Licensed Clinical Social Worker #76664
California State University, Long Beach | Bachelor of Arts in Social Work (BSW) | 2007
Dominican University | Master of Social Work (MSW) | 2008
Chicago School of Professional Psychology | PhD in International Psychology | Jan 2022
EMDR-Certified Therapist | EMDRIA | May 2022
EMDR 2.0: An Enhanced Version of EMDR Therapy| EMDR Advanced Training and Distance Learning | 2022
Acute Stress Syndrome Stabilization Remote (ASSYST-R) Procedure | Scaling Up, LLC | 2022
EMDR Therapy With Children | Ana Gomez, Agate Institute | 2020
EMDR, Memory Reconsolidation and the Flash Technique | Phil Manfield | 2019
Why I do this work
Throughout my life, I have experienced much pain and loss, all of which have fostered resiliency, compassion, and a deep desire to partner with others in cultivating the meaningful and peaceful life they want to live. It is through EMDR, both as a clinician and a client, that I found the answers I was looking for---to not only achieve healing for myself but to be able to offer it to others as well.
The best part of my job
The best part of my job is to witness and be a part of the healing, restoration, and transformation processes of individuals, and in turn, the positive impact these life changes have on their loved ones and the community as a whole. As a trauma therapist, I have the privilege and honor of co-creating a ripple effect of healing in as little as one session---healing that would have otherwise been inaccessible, unbelievable, or taken years to attain.
How I spend my free time
Running/strength training with my husband. Enjoying a cup of coffee with my cat furbabies inside the house or on the outdoor patio. Movie nights with friends or at home. Exploring new places/activities with my mother-in-law (especially when it involves eating great food). Getting a massage (or going to a spa of any kind).
“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.” Proust
Top personal growth resources
- We All Have Parts: An Illustrated Guide to Healing Trauma with Internal Family Systems by Colleen West
- Tapping In: A Step-by-Step Guide to Activating Your Healing Resources Through Bilateral Stimulation by Laurel Parnell, PhD
- Looking through the Eyes of Trauma and Dissociation: An Illustrated Guide for EMDR Therapists and Clients by Sandra Paulsen, PhD