About Me

Curiosity  |  Creativity  |  Compassion


“A self is not something static, tied up in a pretty parcel and handed to the child, finished and complete. A self is always becoming.”

Madeleine L'Engle

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My Story

Ever since I was young, I have always had three main passions in life: learning, creativity, and people. With each area of study or job I've done, my work has combined and centered on these interests. I am someone who loves to learn, and I'm curious about the world and the variety of people in it.

After studying graphic design for my undergraduate degree, I discovered I wanted to utilize my creativity in a career that involved working with and helping people more directly. Thus began the journey to become an art teacher. Over my years in the field of education, I took on many roles as I assisted in after school programs, instructed elementary art classes, and taught middle school English and history.

As a teacher, I had the opportunity to work with hundreds of children and their families. I became familiar with the academic, social, and emotional issues that children face and the challenges of parenting in today's world. I became more interested in interpersonal dynamics as I observed the relationships between students, families, and colleagues. Eventually, it became clear that my professional skills and interests had become further refined and would best serve others in a career as a marriage and family therapist.

My personal and professional experiences have given me humility, grown my compassion, and sparked my inspiration to aid others as they travel on their own journeys through life. As a therapist, I love the work I do. I feel fortunate to continue using my curiosity, creativity, and compassion in my work with others.


Experience & Education


Private Practice at Bay Area Psychotherapy Institute

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice affiliated with Bay Area Psychotherapy Institute (BAPTI), where I previously completed pre-licensed training as an associate therapist. I work with adolescents, families, young adults, and adult clients. Please get in touch to inquire directly about my practice and services, availability, and fees.

Community Mental Health at Discovery Counseling Center

For three years I completed pre-licensed and supervised training at Discovery Counseling Center. In the main clinic, I treated children, adolescents, adults, and families experiencing a range of concerns. In Discovery's School Counseling Intervention Program, I provided school-based mental health services for middle and elementary students in the local school district.

Public and Private School Educator

My previous professional experiences include teaching middle school English and history, instructing elementary art classes, and working in camps and after school programs.

MS in Counseling, California State University East Bay     |     MA in Teaching, Saint Mary's College of California