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I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT #109884) with offices in Scotts Valley and Santa Cruz, California. 

I entered the field of psychology as a researcher, and have extensive background investigating topics related to physical health. A special interest and area of study for me has been helping people cope with chronic illness and pain conditions, and I am excited to use this knowledge in my clinical work with clients. 

I live in Santa Cruz with my husband and two children. I am an avid nature enthusiast, hiker, camper, gardener, and foodie. 

Education & Experience 

Master's Degree in Counseling in Psychology, Emphasis in Marriage & Family Therapy from Palo Alto University.

Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology, Health Psychology Tract from San Diego State University. 

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from University of California at Santa Cruz.


Areas of Special Interest, Advanced Study and Training

  • Grief Support

  • Chronic Illness and Pain Conditions

  • Couple's Therapy

  • Parenting Issues

Therapeutic Approaches 

  • Client-Centered 

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Psycho-dynamic 

  • Emotion-focused/Attachment Therapy

  • Mindfulness

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