I received a Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology, with a concentration in Somatic Psychology, from California Institute of Integral Studies. I was given an amazing opportunity to train at the Center for Somatic Psychotherapy in San Francisco. With over 3000 hours of clinical training and 300 hours of clinical supervision, I received my license in both California and Colorado. I have worked in community mental health settings involving crisis and severe trauma with marginalized youth, as well as private practice settings. My work with others typically involves anxiety, grief & loss, life transitions, chronic pain/illness, relationships, trauma, mental illness in the family system, and caregivers. I have been in practice since 2013.
My journey to becoming a somatic therapist is birthed from my life. I was a child of divorce who experienced first hand the impact of living with mental illness and addiction in the family. Art, dance, and music provided outlets for me to express emotions that felt unsafe to express otherwise. This led me to completing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from San Francisco Art Institute in 2004. About a year after graduation, I was diagnosed with cancer.
Cancer provided an opportunity to deepen the practice of non-judgmental compassion for others, and myself. During my own healing process, I benefited from alternative and holistic processes. Nature was also a resource for me to deepen my connection with my body. Body-centered modalities helped me develop a greater understanding and awareness of my whole self, which provided the foundation for my journey into somatic psychology.
As a body-centered (somatic) therapist, I strive to help you utilize resources such as breathing techniques, grounding, mindfulness, sensory awareness, tracking, creative visualization, movement, sound, and/ or expressive arts to help you reach your goals. I am happy to walk along your journey to healing and empowerment.