Originally from Southern California, I grew up immersed in holistic approaches to health, a rich and diverse cultural experience, and easy access to eastern medicine. I earned my undergraduate degree from University of California, Santa Barbara, and my Master's degree from Antioch University in Santa Barbara.
As a trainee and intern in Southern California, I worked with survivors and perpetrators of domestic violence and with survivors of sexual abuse. I received extensive training in the cycle of violence and trauma informed treatment.
In 2002, my family and I moved to upstate New York. My husband was completing some post-military academic goals and I had the opportunity to work in a dynamic intensive outpatient setting for adults and teens in recovery from substance abuse and dependence. The agency took a truly holistic approach and all of the clinicians were trained in a 10-needle acupuncture detox protocol, motivational interviewing, recovery tools, stress reduction, guided imagery and relapse prevention. I also chaired the strategic planning committee.
We moved to Jacksonville in 2005 when my older daughter was in preschool. I worked at Clay Behavioral Health providing therapy to individuals, children and couples and stayed there until my second daughter was born in 2008. At that point, I worked in the adolescent unit, offering the highest level of care at Riverpoint (then Ten Broeke) and heading up the addictions treatment program for adolescents.
Starting in 2009, I worked on a partnership between Child Guidance Center and Duval County Schools developing and taking a leading role as a "School Support Specialist" in order to promote social skills in children with special needs as well as acting as a consultant to the teachers working with the children.
Along the way, I have presented on Promoting Social and Emotional Development in Young Children, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, Self-Care and Stress Reduction.
In 2013, I launched my private practice and have been living my dream ever since. There is nothing more fulfilling to me than providing high quality care to my clients.