I attended the University of California Santa Cruz as an
undergraduate, completing a Bachelor's degree in
Psychology. I chose the California School of Professional Psychology in Los Angeles for my Doctoral Program because it allowed me to focus on Clinical Psychology with a Multicultural emphasis.
My doctoral training included working with mentally ill patients at Verdugo Mental Health, school counseling at Highland Elementary, and providing therapy for juvenile offenders at Dorothy Kirby Center. At the Dorothy Kirby center I began my interest in trauma work with incarcerated teenage boys and girls.
Coming to Hawaii in 2004, I worked at UH Counseling Center with college students, providing crisis counseling during after hours. I also conducted training for campus staff about how to respond to students in distress. Until a few years ago, I worked part-time at The Sex Abuse Treatment Center providing psychotherapy to victims of sexual assault.
I approach therapy with compassion, empathy, and openness. I value diversity in all people and look at how individual, family, and societal influences impact their lives. Through a humanistic and client centered approach, I strive to help people understand themselves better by learning more about their strengths, difficulties, and how to accept or change things they feel necessary. I hope to assist all people renew their self-confidence and self-trust in their own inner wisdom. I feel very privileged to be able to help people heal from past experiences and become more empowered and fulfilled in their present life.