- Attachment Trauma
- Childhood Trauma
- Complex Trauma
- Emotional Abuse
- Relational Trauma
- Relationship Strain
- Sexual Trauma
- Adolescents (13-19)
- Adults (20+)
Genuine, authentic, present, empathetic, curious, and optimistic.
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #121113
Naropa University | Master of Arts in Transpersonal Clinical Counseling with an Emphasis in Wilderness Therapy | 2018
California State University Sacramento | Bachelors of Science in Psychology with a Minor in Child Development | 2014
Nurtured Heart Therapy | Alisa Pfanner | 2020, 2021
Why I do this work
For much of my life, I have been pursuing the work of healing “old wounds” within my family dynamic to build stronger and healthier connections between the people I love and within myself. In my professional pursuits, it became overwhelmingly evident how many people shared this longing for purpose and belonging, yet felt trapped by the harsh consequences of trauma. I grew passionately towards supporting clients in making meaning from their circumstances, experiencing their life from a post-traumatic growth lens, and finding connections with others in their lives. My work in wilderness therapy, domestic violence shelters, therapeutic residential settings, private practice, and my own therapeutic work with EMDR validated for me the reality that healing these old wounds is possible. I am here today, to share this reality with you.
The best part of my job
The best part of my job is witnessing people breaking down the internalized beliefs of "I am not good enough" or "I am not lovable" and beginning to grow a strong connection to themselves. I love seeing clients begin to see their inherent worth, start implementing healthy boundaries, and recognize all that they truly deserve from themselves and the world around them.
How I spend my free time
Cargo biking my son and dog around town, backpacking in Desolation Wilderness, or bike-packing up and down the coast.
“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” Anaïs Nin
Top personal growth resources
- The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk, M.D.
- Awake in the Wild by Mark Coleman
- In An Unspoken Voice by Peter Levine, PhD
- Wherever You Go There You Are by Jon Kabat-Zinn
- The Being Well podcast by Peter Levine, PhD
- The Gifts of Imperfection by Bréne Brown, PhD