Born and raised in the Bay Area, I spent over a decade teaching middle and high school students in Oakland, Maui, and Marin County. Although I found this career rewarding, I eventually realized that my greatest asset was the ability to connect with young people and inspire them to do positive things in their lives. This realization led me to go back to school to pursue my lifelong aspiration to become a psychotherapist.
After graduating from The Wright Institute in Berkeley with a Master’s in Counseling Psychology, I began my career at FamilyWorks in San Rafael, California. While at FamilyWorks, I worked with individuals, teens, families, and couples from a diverse spectrum of backgrounds. I found that with an open heart, a sincere desire to connect, and clinical integrity, I could affect real change in my clients’ lives.
Concurrently, I started my own tutoring and mentoring business in Marin County. I’ve spent the last four years working with students ages 9-18 over a broad range of subject matter from 4th grade math to SAT/ACT prep. In addition, in 2015 I opened my own after school program, West America After Care, in Mill Valley to provide tutoring and enrichment activities to students grades K-8.
After completing my training at FamilyWorks and becoming a licensed intern, I moved to the Mind Therapy Clinic in Corte Madera to work with individuals struggling with both severe mental illness and addiction. I also began working at A New Path Marin, a transitional program for men with substance abuse disorders which focused on recovery coaching as well as therapy. There, I cultivated my talent to connect with men and help them to identify and deepen their emotional experience.
I then accepted a position as Program Director at Shine a Light Addiction Specialists in San Rafael. While at Shine a Light, I developed a strengths-based coaching program that teaches the tools and provides the support and motivation to help clients build the life they’ve always dreamed of. In addition, I coordinated and managed the treatment of up to 20 clients dealing with addiction and severe mental illness. I have also worked at the Muir Wood Adolescent Outpatient Program, and am currently running groups at the Foundations Recovery Network Outpatient Program in San Francisco.
As a result of this wide range of professional experience and training, I have created a private practice that offers a unique variety of services: psychotherapy, tutoring, and recovery coaching!