Here's a little bit about my history as a therapist...
It's been nearly 20 years since I first became interested in studying therapy. I began practicing the scientific approaches to psychotherapy in 1997 and I was hooked from then on.
I earned my Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy in 2004 and I am currently licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist MFT (LMFT#47653) with the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS). I focus my practice upon the empirically-based and proven research methods of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). I’ve seen these techniques consistently get results and I truly believe they are the most effective at creating positive, long-term change.
How my Marriage and Family Therapy career began…
As a teen, I found myself reaching out to others and helping my friends navigate through difficult times in their lives. Connecting with people was very natural for me and I enjoyed understanding how people interact and behave. I knew from an early age that counseling was the direction I wanted to take my career in.
In 1997, I began my education in psychology at Point Loma Nazarene University with a major in General Psychology and a minor in Spanish. Two years into my bachelor’s degree, I decided to go on an adventure and live in Spain for a semester to solidify my Spanish. I went to school full-time at Bilbao University and also interned at a center called “Tximeleta” (meaning butterfly in the Basque language). I was completely out of my element — I was traveling alone, living in an unfamiliar culture, and trying to establish myself without family and friends. I ended up learning so much while I was in Spain, both personally and professionally. It was an incredible experience whose lessons — developing relationships in a challenging environment, keeping a strong sense of self and growing personal confidence — I still draw on today and try to teach to my clients.
After receiving my undergraduate degree, I attended Alliant International University (also known as California School of Professional Psychology) in 2004. My graduate work was completed with a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, an in-depth education on all aspects of relationships. Through my undergraduate and graduate work, I spent over 3,000 hours with clients and attended weekly clinical supervision training. All of my education focused heavily on relationships and marriage to help prepare me for my career as a Marriage and Family Therapist. I believe that education should be ongoing and even though my formal schooling is complete, I regularly attend training and seminars to ensure I have the newest, most effective techniques to share with my clients in the counseling sessions. Not only am I a therapist, but I also supervise Associate Marriage and Family Therapists (AMFTs), Clinical Mental Health Counseling graduate trainees, and coach other therapists.
My dream has always been to work with clients in my own private practice. After graduating in 2004, I achieved my dream and currently work full-time at my private practice in San Diego, CA (centrally located in Mission Valley, with a second office in North County). I love what I do and would love to share my passion for counseling and commitment to results with you.
Take a look at my therapy websites and learn more about me, my team, and our services. We have also put together a relationship blog where we share tips, advice, and education pieces on issues that commonly come up in therapy.
In 2016, I expanded my company to include both licensed and unlicensed therapists to open up more options for clients. In 2020, in response to the global pandemic (COVID-19) and its effects, I opened the non-profit, San Diego Counseling Solutions, to be able to provide more affordable counseling. My goal is to create a space where clients can find the right fit for Marriage Counseling and Therapy services for San Diego area.