Professional Life:

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in individual, couples and family therapy as well as parent coaching. I recently relocated to Carlsbad, CA from Scottsdale, AZ and I am excited to announce the opening of my new office in Carlsbad, CA. I previously had a successful private practice in Scottsdale, AZ. i also offer video counseling. I am licensed in both California and Arizona and I am able to see clients residing in both of these states via video. Video counseling is convenient, easy to use and can be done from the comfort of your own home. All that is required is downloading of an app and you can even use your phone. The video counseling software I use is user friendly, confidential and HIPAA compliant.

I treat children (ages 7 and up), teens and adults. To maximize success When working with children, i believe in creating a partnership and collaboration with the parents as well as the school if desired. I can attend school Iep meetings if you are located in the san diego area and advocate on the child's behalf to help increase their success at school. I also have specific experience and training in adoptions and I am well versed in the potential issues that can arise before, during and after this process.

With over 15 years of experience as a social worker, I have worked with many individuals, couples and families in a variety of settings Including inpatient and outpatient mental health clinics, schools, and hospitals. as a social worker I am also well versed in seeking out and providing supplemental resources as needed for my clients. I recently celebrated 10 years of licensure.

I am a client centered therapist who believes in empowering my clients and treating the whole person as I have found this approach provides the best outcomes for my clients. I utilize an eclectic interpersonal approach which is tailored to the individual and the specific issues and goals of the client. The therapeutic approaches I incorporate include developmental, humanistic, crisis intervention, solution focused, psychoeducational, cognitive-behavioral, and family systems. I work in a warm, direct and collaborative manner with my clients to help develop a deeper understanding of themselves and to resolve personal challenges and relationship conflicts.

Personal Life:

I am married and have two school age children and three lovable dogs. Between my private practice and my family, I have a pretty busy life, but really enjoy all of my different roles. I like to work out regularly and was a cycle instructor in Scottsdale at a local gym. I played soccer and rode horses growing up. Although we have recently relocated to Carlsbad, I am a Californian at heart and grew up in the bay area and also spent 12 years in Sacramento before living in Scottsdale for almost 4 years. I am happy to be back in California and launching my new private practice!

Licensure

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, California LCSW 24141

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Arizona LCSW 15152

Education

Master of Social Work, California State University, Sacramento (2003)

Bachelor of Social Work, Northern Arizona University (2001)