BA in Psychology, University of California, Sacramento, May 1992
MA in Counseling Psychology, John F. Kennedy University, Dec 2008
EMDR Training and completion of required supervised hours, JFK University, 2016
Structural Dissociation Training completed with Kathleen Martin, 2016
Advanced Coaching Training through CRR Global, Organization and Relationship Systems Coaching, 2016
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT), member since 2008
Santa Cruz Chapter of California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, member since 2008
American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMT), member since 2016
Oregon Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (OAMF), member since 2016
I am a Dual-State Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (#49104 in California and #T1144 in Oregon) and coach with over 22 years combined experience in the counseling, coaching and personal growth field.
In 1992, before embarking on my career in the counseling field, I ran a whitewater rafting business with my husband, specializing in multi-day wilderness rafting trips with a workshop focus. I co-led a variety of workshops focusing on couple enrichment, women's empowerment, teen empowerment and family healing. I loved combining personal growth workshops with nature and adventure.
I began my counseling career working at Youth Services with teens and families. I then moved to Tyler House, a residential drug and alcohol treatment program for teens ages 14-17, as the "House Therapist." I was responsible for the therapeutic tone of the house and co-led the direction of the treatment program. I moved into private practice in 2010 and worked with individuals and couples in Santa Cruz, CA. In 2016, I moved to the gorgeous town of Corvallis, OR to experience more access to wilderness and rivers.
Youth Services, counseling teens and families August 2007 - August 2010
Since August 2010 to current
California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, #49104, Active since September, 2010
Oregon Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, #T1144, Active since March, 2016
I have extensive experience in working with a variety of ages from young teens to adults but currently work only with adults. As most therapists, I have a general practice and work with most issues as we are trained to do. I also specialize in working with Couples, Anxiety, Trauma-release thru EMDR and Personal Empowerment. For more information on EMDR, please go to the Individual Counseling tab.
In 2014, my husband and I started a new business, Couples Vitality, Fostering Vibrant Relationships, and are running relationship trainings both locally and internationally for couples and individuals. Please check out our website, www.CouplesVitality.com or the Couples Training tab above.
I am blessed to have been with my husband in a working and satisfying relationship since 1992, have raised two children to adulthood and am now enjoying being a grandmother to four grandchildren. My work, education and life experience is rich and varied and I lean on all of these experiences to help me relate to, understand and have compassion for the variety of clients I have the opportunity and honor to work with. Please contact me to discuss how counseling may help you or your and your partner.