If you're thinking about working with me, it might be important to you to learn more about my background. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Arroyo Grande, CA. I received a Masters of Science in Psychology, emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy, from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo (by the way, Cal Poly has been named the best public, masters-level university in the West by U.S. News & World Report - whoop whoop!).
As an alumna, I can see why. My training was rigorous, thoughtful, and involved hundreds of hours of supervision and live in-session training where I was observed behind a one-way mirror. This way of learning instilled confidence and helped me to begin helping others right away. I think I did okay, because I've been invited back periodically to guest lecture! Such a privilege.
I have accumulated a variety of experience working in non-profit settings, gathering specific training in sand tray, play therapy, and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). Treating trauma has always been a passion of mine and I stay up-to-date on training and psychological research.
However, a regular part of my practice is utilizingThe Daring Way™ which is a highly experiential methodology based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown. During the process we explore topics such as vulnerability, courage, shame, and worthiness. We examine the thoughts, emotions, and behaviors that are holding us back and we identify the new choices and practices that will move us toward more authentic and wholehearted living. The primary focus is on developing shame resilience skills and developing daily practices that transform the way we live, love, parent, and lead. Further information is available at www.brenebrown.com
Lastly, I am a yoga teacher and like to incorporate mind-body practices into sessions. Through my observations, it seems like the body always keeps score and never lies. We often physically feel our emotions (i.e. migraines, chest discomfort, belly aches, headaches) before we even connect a thought to it. Though we won't be rolling out our yoga mats in session, we may practice breath work, guided meditation, and mindfulness exercises as a way to soothe your nervous system.