It all began with my own footsteps
I was born creative and have been making things with my hands as far back as I can remember. After obtaining my Bachelor of Arts, I worked for years as a graphic designer and also exhibited my fine art in the LA gallery scene. Life was humming along beautifully until I experienced a chain of events that not only took the wind out of my sails but left me feeling like I was in the middle of the ocean without a life preserver. I found myself living in survival mode and it wasn’t until years later that I came to understand what trauma is, the effects it was having on me, and the value of therapy. I jumped in and did the work with a super caring, gentle therapist and through my healing my desire to help others thrive instead of survive was born.
Fast forward to my second career….
I obtained a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University, with an LGBTQIA+ specialization to better support and honor the needs of this community. In grad school I hit a pivotal time when a professor introduced me to mindful breathing and I went on to learn meditation in Kyoto, Japan. What a life changer! I returned home knowing, without a doubt, that mindfulness was essential to wellbeing. I continued practicing meditation with local groups, added professional training through UCSD, completed a year-long program with the Mindful Awareness Research Institute at UCLA, and became a Certified Mindfulness Teacher through the International Mindfulness Teachers Association. Along my journey, I also learned about the effectiveness of EMDR to address trauma and numerous mental health challenges. I was such a fan of this protocol due to its whole-person approach, integrating mind, body, and emotion, that I not only became trained in EMDR, I became certified.
It’s been an incredible experience for me to help clients in treatment centers, recovery programs, and private practice for over 10 years. I remain enthusiastic as ever as I continue supporting others on their road to self-exploration and healing.