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About Me

I am a therapist with close to 20 years of experience and specialize in teens, young adults, families and women. In addition to my private practice in Los Gatos, I have provided therapy to high risk youth and families in San Jose. 

My style as a therapist is interactive and collaborative. I have a lot of passion for the clients with which I work, especially teens. As a stepparent raising 2 teen daughters, I know all to well the struggles faced daily by families of teens and issues that arise with blended families.

My therapeutic approach is to provide support and honest practical feedback in order to assist my clients effectively address personal life challenges. I utilize a variety of treatment methodologies and techniques to offer a highly individualized approach to meet each clients specific needs. With compassion and understanding, I work with each individual and build on their strengths and work toward attaining the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing. 

Among my areas of expertise are assisting clients with various developmental/life transitions, academic success, stress, a variety of mental health issues, self harm, substance use, trauma, and family systems.

In addition to having extensive experience as an adolescent and family therapist, I supervise interns in pursuit of their license to practice therapy through Almaden Valley Counseling Service. Lastly, I have presented at National Drug Court conferences and to general audiences speaking on the topics of girls with trauma in the criminal justice system, trauma basics to non practioners, bullying and cyberbullying and substance use and abuse.
 

California Board of Behavioral Sciences LCSW # 24123 issued September 2007
MSW, San Jose State University 2001
BA in Sociology, San Jose State University 1996, Cum Laude

Extensive Skills training in DBT Interventions
Extensive training in Cognitive interventions
Extensive training in Substance Use and Abuse
Extensive training in Family and Adolescent Therapy
Extensive training in High Risk Youth and Families
Extensive training in interventions for various mood and psychiatric disorders

  

Currently Supervise and Mentor interns and trainees in their pursuit of his/her license to practice

Developed and Facilitate Adolescent Girls Outpatient Treatment Program for at-risk teens involved in foster care and the criminal justice system
Developed Mano a Mano social skills group and provided school based counseling at Bret Harte Middle School
Provided therapy to youth at Juvenile Hall and Muriel Wright Center

Certified by the National Center for Trauma and Loss in Children as a Trauma and Loss Clinical Specialist
California Rape Crisis Certification
Developed and Implemented Dually Diagnosed Assessment in Drug Treatment Court
Various awards from SCC Department of Alcohol and Drug Services as well as Drug Treatment Court Programs

Extensive Skills training in DBT Interventions
Extensive training in Cognitive interventions
Extensive training in Substance Use and Abuse
Extensive training in Family and Adolescent Therapy
Extensive training in High Risk Youth and Families
Extensive training in interventions for various mood and psychiatric disorders

Member NASW (National Association of Social Workers)
Member CAMFT (California Marriage and Family Therapists)
Member NADCP (National Association of Drug Court Professionals)

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