I started in the field of mental health 30 years ago tending to the needs of the chronically mental ill. Inspired by many of the professionals I met during this time, I enrolled in graduate school and in 1994 I was licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist. I believe at the core, my profession is to relieve the suffering and heartbreak of people trying to cope with the worst moments of their lives. Struggling to overcome life’s tragedies can overwhelm our emotional wellbeing and cause greater burdens. I also believe that through successfully healing that pain, we can find hope and strength.
My professional philosophy combines encouragement and understanding, with psychotherapeutic techniques and skill building. Each client’s experience is unique, and their treatment is uniquely created to meet their particular goals. My experience spans a wide array of emotional and psychological difficulties, but the focus of my practice is primarily working with people suffering from the pain of grief, trauma, and substance addiction.
Of all the psychotherapeutic techniques I employ, EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is often the most powerful in relieving the painful effects of a variety traumas. EMDR is effective in treating traumatic events that happened in childhood and for recent events. EMDR was first developed in 1988 and is supported by more than 30 controlled studies. EMDR is a recognized by the National Institute of Health as an evidence-based treatment. http://www.emdr.com/what-is-emdr/
In addition to my traditional office practice I also offer Equine Assisted Psychotherapy in conjunction with Soul 2 Soul Equine Healing, Inc in Shadow Hills, California. Equine assisted therapy is a ground-based experience that utilizes verbal and non-verbal techniques to help people to process their emotions and work through the conflicts that lead clients to feel uncomfortable about their lives and their loved ones. http://soul2soulequinehealing.org/eap/