I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, specializing in chemical dependency in Livermore, CA.
I (became licensed in 2005 and graduated from John F. Kennedy University in 2001. I currently serve as a private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients. Among my areas of focus: How to survive an affair, improving couples communication, connection and intimacy, working with individuals who are codependent to accomplish healthier boundaries, improving self-esteem, discovering how one's upbringing is affecting them in their current relationships, working with teens, domestic violence and sexual assault.
I also teach a Drug and Alcohol Workshop for the Pleasanton School District and have done so since 2001.
I am dynamic, practical, interactive therapist who utilizes Extended Family Systems theory. I believe that the relationship between the therapist and client must be a strong and healthy one to allow change to occur. I provide supportive and practical feedback to help clients resolve current problems and long-standing patterns. I incorporate a blend of conventional and alternatives approaches, drawing upon a variety of styles and techniques to incorporate what will be most helpful for each client. With sensitivity, compassion, and even humor, I work with each client to help them build on their strengths to identify and achieve life goals.
I want you to feel like you are walking in to spend time with an old trusted friend who will never lead you astray or judge you when you come in to therapy. I have built many long-term relationships with clients by staying well connected in the Livermore, Pleasanton, San Ramon, Tracy and Castro Valley communities.
BA Psychology, UC Santa Cruz 1997
Masters in Counseling Psychology, John F. Kennedy University 2001
Certificate in Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Training
Behavioral Specialist working with Emotionally Disturbed adolescents
Professional Activities and Memberships
Member of California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists