About Me

Finding the right mental health professional can be challenging and time-consuming. I've created this website to hopefully give you a sense of who I am and what you can expect from working with me. It's important that we be the right fit for each other; the quality of the therapeutic relationship itself is key to the success a client experiences.

I try to be the kind of therapist I would want to see. I ask questions when I have them and acknowledge patterns when I observe them. I listen actively. I will treat you with warmth and compassion and challenge you gently when needed. I care deeply about the people who come to see me in therapy.

My clients and I typically work together to create clear goals, but I am also flexible in providing space for more open exploration. I offer tools you can utilize now.  I hope that you leave our sessions feeling that we've made headway. I want to see you experiencing relief sooner rather than later.

The clients who typically benefit most from therapy with me are committed and attend regularly. They're ready to work hard and are motivated to improve their lives. They also realize this is a collaborative process, that therapy takes hard work on both our parts and they are willing to do the work.

I received my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Fielding Graduate University in 2013 and my Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University in 2007. My B.A. is from the University of Arizona (go Wildcats!).

I have trained and worked at several local agencies and companies in the Santa Barbara area including the Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse (CADA), Domestic Violence Solutions (DVS), Child Abuse, Listening, & Mediation (CALM), STAR of CA, Rader Treatment Programs, County of Santa Barbara Alcohol, Drug, & Mental Health Services (ADMHS) and Juvenile Justice Mental Health (JJMHS), and Acacia Counseling & Wellness.

In addition to my clinical practice, I am an adjunct faculty member at Fielding Graduate University teaching critical thinking in clinical psychology and research methods.

The following are the conditions and experiences my clients commonly focus on in treatment:

  • Depression

  • Anxiety and Phobias

  • Fertility challenges

  • Perinatal anxiety and depression

  • Postpartum blues, depression, and anxiety

  • Pregnancy after loss

  • Parenting

  • Relationship Difficulties

  • Life Transitions

  • Grief and Loss

  • Difficulties with Self-Esteem

  • Eating Issues

  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

  • Trauma

  • Professional/Career Issues

  • College/Graduate School Issues

  • Medical and Health Concerns

  • Pain Management 

  • Stress Management