About Me

I have been a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) since 2002. Prior to becoming an MFT, I studied and worked as a Registered Music Therapist. With over 30 years of experience, I have had the opportunity to witness wonderful transformations in others, and have been able to be there for others in meaningful ways. I am happy to be doing my life’s work.

Over many years of service, I have helped adults, children, adolescents, couples and families in a variety of settings, including private practice, outpatient services, inpatient settings, residential programs, community mental health, and school-based services. In addition to my private practice, I currently work with former foster youth and other youth (ages 15 to 24) who are transitioning to adulthood and out of the foster care system. I conduct individual, couples and family therapy, and supervise interns and other licensed professionals who are also doing this work.

About My Approach

I feel honored to have the opportunity to witness another person’s ability to free themselves of problems that have disrupted their lives. The tender moments in which a person finds voice or strength within themselves give me pause. I believe that people are amazing, and their ability to rise above challenges is inspiring. I am fortunate to have found this profession, where I work with others on a daily basis to improve the quality of their lives.

I work to create a welcoming and inclusive environment, and strive to help those with whom I work to feel comfortable sharing important aspects of their lives. I believe that everyone has resources that can help them to create lives that they prefer. Although everyone experiences challenges in their lives, they do not have to be bogged down by those challenges. I believe that people are separate from their problems, and that they have the ability to reduce the negative effects of the problems on their lives. I work collaboratively with others to help them to clarify their values, hopes and dreams. I also help them to create a fuller picture of themselves as resilient, capable, and valued. I honor the resiliencies and skills that each person possesses, and encourage opportunities for these to be celebrated in their immediate families and communities.

I am passionate about cultural aspects of my work. I welcome and strongly encourage conversations about ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, and age, for example, particularly examining ways to stand up to oppressive forces of bigotry, sexism, homophobia and ageism. Recognizing that cultural humility is a lifelong process of exploration and self-reflection, I am not only committed to facilitating the transformation of others, but I am committed to my own growth as I continue to do this work.