Personal Roots: Becoming a Therapist

Before becoming a therapist, I pursued permaculture and sustainable land use design and worked in grant writing, social work, and higher education in the Midwest. In 2015, I relocated to California to pursue graduate school and become a therapist, something that I had been contemplating for over a decade. I received my Master’s Degree in Integral Counseling Psychology from California Institute for Integral Studies (CIIS) in San Francisco in August 2017. Now as a therapist, I cannot imagine doing anything else more meaningful and rewarding with my life.

I consider a key part of being a good therapist doing my own personal work. The more I have done and continue to do my own work, the more you can count on me to sensitively welcome in all of your feelings and experiences, and help you sit with and move through them. I know first hand the power of therapy to transform suffering. Counseling became the crucible for healing from my own early life challenges. And now, as a therapist, I have the remarkable opportunity to offer that healing space to others.  This makes going to work a true gift. I feel grateful to give to others what was given to me and help them find their way compassionately back to themselves. 

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Qualifications

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  • Degree: Masters of Arts – Integral Counseling Psychology

  • School: California Institute of Integral Studies

  • License: California / AMFT #103092

  • Practicing clinician since: January 2017

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Memberships

  • CAMFT (CA Assoc of Marriage & Family Therapists)

  • RECAMFT (Sonoma County  Branch of CAMFT) 

  • Psychology Today

  • TherapyDen

Additional Post Graduate Training

  • Internal Family Systems (IFS)

  • Mindful Self-Compassion

  • Compassion Focused Therapy

  • Somatic Attachment Therapy

  • Non-Violent Communication

  • Hand in Hand Attachment Based Parenting

  • Theraplay Dyadic Child and Family Therapy

  • Mothers and Babies Postpartum Depression Training

  • Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavorial Therapy (TF-CBT)

  • Neuro Affective Relational Model (NARM)