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My Approach

Together we will collaborate on goals for your counseling I generally use a combination of techniques that work best with an individual client rather than try to fit your needs into a box.  Feel free to reach out to me if you would like to know if I practice a specific technique.

Clients have appreciated my ability to listen without judgement or without taking sides.  They have described me as an anchor because I assist you in staying grounded on your journey to creating the life you want.  They have also taken comfort in knowing that I am a "bulldog" in that I advocate for your well-being, help you find your strength when you are in a rough patch, and help you stay accountable to yourself in finding your happiness, whether you are a couple or an individual.

My Story

Originally from Buffalo, NY, I've  resided in Huntington Beach, CA since 2004. I graduated cum Laude, from Holy Cross College near Boston, MA, and hold a BA in Psychology. I worked for several years with autistic children at an institution and then people suffering from anxiety and depression on a project at Brown University.

Upon moving to California in search of good weather, I did a brief stint in the corporate world in sales and marketing. I experienced first-hand the deleterious physical and mental effects of too much stress from 8-6. At this point I made a life changing decision to found a business helping my clients with physical health and fitness.

Through my work with physical health, I have seen the effects of mental health on physical health and reaffirmed my belief in the mind-body connection and in 2014 I went back to school to give me the training to help people with mental health.

I practice what I preach and stay clear and grounded by regularly engaging in exercise in nature through surfing, skiing, climbing, sailing, mountain biking and diving.

Experience

  • Associate Therapist at Laguna Beach Counseling Center
  • Intern and Associate Therapist at Living Success Center in Costa Mesa, CA
  • Pepperdine University: MA Clinical Psychology with Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Assistant Project Coordinator on chronic depression research REVAMP (Re-Evaluating the Value of Augmenting Medication with Psychotherapy) at Brown University
  • Research Assistant Harvard/Brown Anxiety Research Project
  • Behavioral Therapist for children with autism at New England Center for Children
  • BA in Psychology at College of the Holy Cross, cum Laude
  • Elected to Psi Chi Psychology Honor Society
  • Intern at Worcester Secure Treatment Unit,  working with incarcerated adolescents on anger management, emotional expression, and social skills.
  • Leader at Lothlorien Therapeutic Riding Center

 

Additional Trainings or Certifications

  • Gottman Method Couples Therapy
  • Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) through emdrhap.org
  • Mediation/Dispute Resolution Certification from Pepperdine Law School's Straus Institute of Dispute Resolution
  • Relationship Discernment
  • Applied Behavioral Analysis

Laguna Beach Counseling

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Laguna Beach Counseling is located across from the beach.  It has a comfortable beach ambiance with comfortable "Lazy-Boy" reclining chairs.  You might enjoy a walk and talk session on the beach.  Some clients prefer to walk on the beach afterward to process the session.  Couples sometimes make a date of their therapy session by walking to one of the nearby restaurants on the main street.

Complementary 30-minute office consultation

Let's talk and find out if we are a good fit for each other.