Where I started:
My studies in Psychology began in 1997 at Rutgers University on the East coast of the United States. My natural curiosity about people & societies at large led me to travel abroad to South Africa. There, I had the opportunity to express my interest in learning across cultures, while igniting my passion for travel and new peak experiences. This trip broadened my perspective of the world by enhancing my connection to both nature & spirit, opening me up to the vast possibilities that life has to offer.
What I learned:
After graduation, I moved from New Jersey to California, to volunteer with AmeriCorps NCCC. I teamed up with other like minded individuals to offer help within the four sectors of human service to communities in need. I learned two important lessons about myself from this experience. 1) I’m happiest when I’m collaboratively helping others & 2) To best support others I must take really good care of myself. With self care in mind, I found my new home within the pristine nature of the coastal beaches & ancient redwood trees of Humboldt County.
A higher calling to heal:
From time to time, I’d travel to the Hawaiian Islands, where I attended a school that taught bodywork methods, awareness & meditation practices. With these healing skills, I was able to share professional bodywork and awareness practices to the community for over a decade. While on an educational trip to Asia, the Fukushima power plant exploded, creating a palpable sense of fear, wonder and contemplation of mortality worldwide. In the aftermath, I found myself in a deep existential exploration of my own purpose. I woke up the middle of the night, every night for weeks, pensive around what my next step towards greater contribution would be. Finally, one fateful morning around 4 a.m., my purpose became clear. I wanted to become a Psychotherapist. I knew instinctively that this would lead to my own personal healing as well as to the path to serve others. With this in mind, I returned to the classroom and received an MA in Counseling Psychology from Humboldt State University in 2014.
For the past few years, I have been nestled into Humboldt, working as an associate therapist in clinical setting at the Humboldt Family Service Center, a local Non- Profit in Eureka, Ca. I have gained invaluable experience working with clients with a range of symptoms, including adjustment disorders, anxiety, depression, personality disorders, relational issues, substance use and trauma/PTSD.
I offer an integrated approach to psychotherapy that explores the impact of one’s past experiences on their present thoughts, feelings & behaviors. With heightened awareness, we can work collaboratively to shift maladaptive patterns and work towards greater personal, relational & professional satisfaction.
It is my honor and pleasure to offer Psychotherapy Services to the community from my private practice office in Arcata, California, conveniently located on the Arcata Plaza.