Associate Marriage & Family Therapist #108814
As a therapist, I strive to be incredibly open-minded. We are all dynamic and multifaceted individuals -we all have strengths and we all have areas that will benefit from improvement. This is why as your therapist, I believe it is important for us to explore your past, present, and future in our work together. My therapeutic style is versatile. I use a variety of theoretical approaches based on the client and unique presenting issues. Some approaches that I use include mindfulness, existential, solution-focused, psychodynamic, object relations, person-centered, DBT, and CBT.
You may enter therapy with very specific goals; alternatively your goals may become more clear as therapy progresses. Either way, your openness and willingness to participate are necessary for your long-term growth. I understand that therapy can be overwhelming in the beginning, and that is why my goal is to, first and foremost, always ensure that as the client, you feel as safe and comfortable as possible!
I am lucky enough to have spent my entire life in this beautiful state, and it has shaped my love for the environment in a huge way. I have an immense love for nature and animals, and most of my free time is either spent in the outdoors and/or with my adorable rescue dog at home (I hope to adopt a second dog in the future!). I also have a huge love for travel, and have learned a lot by being immersed in different cultures. Some of my most memorable trips have included Bali, Peru, Thailand, and Israel. I have a mutual love for being both a homebody and an adventurer!
I received my Bachelors degree in "Intensive Psychology" at UCSC and my Masters in Counseling Psychology at Santa Clara University. I have become increasingly interested in my own spiritual practice and strive to exercise what I emphasize as a therapist in terms of self-care, setting and maintaining boundaries in relationships, and establishing and building positive habits. As a therapist, I believe an overall mindset of growth, honesty, humility, and hope is an important part of my work with clients. I am very grateful to be a part of this practice at Los Gatos Counseling Center, and look forward to meeting you!