Welcome! Here are a few highlights to pique your curiosity about my background, service philosophy, whom I serve and some of my related interests.
I am a masters level (MA) Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and graduate of the California School of Professional Psychology, class of 2013. Core values I have integrated from my background, experiences, personal and professional relationships and training, have prepared me to support many issues. Some of these issues are: existential periods of reorientation, co-dependence, boundary work, sexual abuse offenders and victims, anxiety spectrum disorders, including complete dissociative disorders and suicidal behavior. I help others with role and performance anxieties, self harm, existential issues and various forms of depression, ADD/ADHD for children and adults, addiction and spirituality issues or crises of faith/reason. I serve non-religious clients with a secular humanist approach.
Models of therapy I use are: Experiential Therapy, EMDR Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Gottman research, Boundaries/Family Systems Theory, Psycho-dynamic Theory, Choice Theory. MRI Communication Research and Common Factors research also inform my practice.
My human services work began as volunteer in a traditional Okinawan Karate dojo, as both a student and teacher. Exposure to eastern principles and western psychological concepts in my family of origin, prepared me for a study of Isshin-Ryu and a intimate inquiry in martial arts, which led to my my eventual curiosity in the healing arts. In the winter of 1995, I attended the Phillip School of Massage in Nevada City, to become a Certified Massage Therapist (CMT). The philosophy of the schools founder, Judy Phillips and her curricula, proved to be a powerful role model that would impact my life forever. She emphasized exploring intention and integrating mindfulness movement with mind/emotion/sensation, all within the crucible of this group learning and somatic based educational process. My exploration of the martial arts and massage, reflects a period of integrating intentional practice, employing the purpose for my hands to heal not harm.
Continuing exploration of the mind/body connection at Sierra Therapy and Hand Rehabilitation (STHR) in Auburn, I began a process of examining the impact my own unhealed/healed attitudes had on the quality of my service to others, using the philosophy and tools of attitudinal healing. Outside STHR, I attended a psycho-spiritual educational/experiential group process. Creating emotional safety in this educational group process, extended a sense of safety to those I was honored to serve at STHR.
Later as a social worker I became connected to my clients, serving in their communities, homes, schools, hospitals and even jail. After a period of service in a variety of social work organizations I began to see my clients in the context of their lives. My experiences in volunteer and service organizations, coupled with my graduate studies and practicum, helped me to organize my service and support philosophy around a variety of issues.
Some interests I have are playing soccer, both co-ed and non-coed. Spending time with family. I play the Irish bagpipes and penny whistle and busk at the farmers market. I enjoy dog training and canine studies, using the principles of evolutionary companionship and validating the age old emotive bonds found in the human-canine relationship.