Psychotherapy License 83295
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Providing Services in Santa Barbara and Ventura
My path to becoming a therapist began as many do, with my own healing. I was raised in an emotionally abusive and alcoholic family system. As a result, I suffered from early childhood trauma that lead to my own addiction issues. In my early twenties after separating from a toxic and abusive relationship, I committed myself to my personal healing in order to stop repeating patterns and to eventually help others. I started my own personal therapy in 2001. After years of psychoanalysis and other healing modalities, I was called to start my journey to becoming a psychotherapist
I have a bachelors degree from UCSB in comparative religion, with emphasis in East Asian religions. I've been a practitioner of meditation for twenty years. I am a certified meditation teacher through the Self-Realization Fellowship. I've also studied Buddhist psychology extensively. During my undergraduate studies, I spent two months living as a monastic in a Buddhist monastery in Taiwan. Upon returning from Asia, I was drawn to the healing arts. I studied and became a licensed massage therapist, worked as a personal nutritionist, and managed an acupuncture clinic. I've also been an avid Yogi since 2002. In 2019 I become a certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher.
My exposure to the healing arts greatly informs my work as a therapist today. I believe true healing happens when we approach the mind-body in a holistic, integrative manner.
In 2008 I started my masters degree in Clinical Counseling Psychology at Antioch University in Santa Barbara, California. My focus in graduate school was somatic psychotherapy and trauma focused therapy. I had the great privilege of being exposed to and studying with Dr. Dan Siegel, where I learned interpersonal neurobiology techniques.
In 2009 I started my four year clinical internship working for a low cost community counseling center in Santa Barbara, California. I had the great privilege of serving a variety of populations and issues. I saw people from all walks of life and help support people stuggling with severe mental illness, mood disorders, and addiction.
In 2013 I opened my first private practice in Santa Barbara, California. I now offer services in two locations. I have an office in both Santa Barbara and Ventura.
In 2017 I received training in EMDR, (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) is used for trauma, accidents, addiction, anxiety, negative beliefs, and loss. I also have certification in contemporary psychoanalysis from the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles, California.
I consider myself to be a a holistic, present-centered psychotherapist.
My therapeutic approach combines elements of depth psychotherapy and CBT. I also combine principles of mindfulness meditation to create a skillful approach that can help you relate to and find meaning in your suffering. Through this process, my hope is that you gain personal insight into your inner world and your life. I use an interactive, direct, yet compassionate approach to help clients gain more self-awareness.
If you have any questions about me, my experience, or the way I work, please feel free to contact me. I'd love to hear from you.
The curious paradox is that once I accept myself the way that I am, then I can change
I consider myself to be a holistic, present-centered psychotherapist. My therapeutic approach combines elements of depth psychotherapy, CBT, with principles of mindfulness meditation to create a skillful approach that can help you relate to and find meaning in your pain and suffering.
My hope is that through this therapeutic process, you will gain personal insight into both your inner life and your relationships. I've observed through my work, that by slowing down and listening deeply we create a natural ability to feel with new personal awareness. The process of pausing and feeling helps us make healthier life decisions that create long lasting change.
Often clients wonder if all a therapist does is ask, "and how do you feel about that?" I often have clients tell stories of therapists that did not offer much feedback. This can often be frustrating for clients that want real change and progress. My approach is directive. I won't be sitting passively in our sessions asking you how you feel. Instead, I offer a very interactive, direct, yet compassionate approach to help clients gain more self-awareness.
One of my specializations is in trauma. I am trained in EMDR, (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing.) EMDR is used for trauma, accidents, anxiety, negative beliefs, and loss. If you'd like more information about this approach, please see my page about EMDR.
All of us experience anxiety, depression, and overwhelming life circumstances. I believe life’s struggles become more bearable when they are explored in a safe therapeutic relationship. We're all unique and we all have different needs, that’s why I tailor my approach to meet you where you're at. I'm deeply committed to helping my clients make profound personal changes.
SERVICES I OFFER
Your well-being is my ultimate concern. Since 2013, I have provided patients in the Santa Barbara and Ventura area a wide range of psychological and counseling services to suit their needs. Whether you’re an individual, a couple or a family looking for help - my therapy sessions are designed to strengthen your confidence, and assist you in the healing process. Please email me or call for a free phone consulation.
“Your beliefs become your thoughts. Your thoughts become your words. Your words become your actions. Your actions become your habits. Your habits become your values. Your values become your destiny." Gandhi
Its my deepest intention to make on-going therapy affordable and available to all populations and incomes. Please contact me so we can discuss what works for you. I do offer a sliding scale. I also accept insurance. Please contact me for more details about how I bill insurance in my office.
60-minute session (for individuals) $120 a session
COUPLES AND FAMILIES
90-minutes session (for couples and families) $150 a session
90-minute session $180 a session
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INFORMED CONSENT AND OFFICE POLICIES
This form outlines my office policies, fee agreement, and consent for treatment . Please read it carefully and have it signed and filled out completely for your first session.
This form helps clarify your goals for seeking therapy. It also gives me a better understanding of some of the things you're struggling with.