Graduating with a BA from the University of Puget Sound (Tacoma, WA) in 1996, I left for California and first obtained a secondary education teaching credential from Santa Clara University in 1999. Following this, I completed a Master of Social Work (MSW) from Sacramento State University in 2003. I became licensed as a Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in 2009. Since 2017, I have been supervising associate social workers.
Previously, I have worked in a broad range of environments. Following graduate school, I worked with Children's Welfare Services. I went on to service as a residential social worker at FamiliesFirst EMQ from 2006 - 2011. Additionally, I worked as a Full-Service Partnership Social Worker in Solano County from 2014 - 2017. Each of these experiences taught me a great deal about human needs and supporting protective factors.
During the course of my time as an LCSW, I have worked with children, families, and couples. I have studied Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Solution-Focused Therapy during the past ten years.
In working with a diverse variety of clients, I have witnessed the power of human resilience and perseverance. Regardless of the approach used, the relationship between therapist and client is the most important ingredient for positive outcomes. As such, I choose to maintain a non-judgmental and strengths-based approach to working with every client. It is true that everyone has resources - both internal and external. Sometimes, we just need to discover new ways to unlock them.
Growing up in Washington State, I found the California sunshine to be a pleasant attribute. Consequently, I enjoy outdoor activities, including hiking, biking, and running. I am an avid reader, across subject matter - from history to science. Finally, I like to do craftworks, such as sewing and knitting.