I currently hold a Master's
of Science Degree in Counseling with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from San Francisco State University and a Bachelor's
Degree in Communication Studies from Florida State University. I am a marriage and family therapist registered intern with the California Board of Behavioral Services and a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. In the private practice setting I am employed and supervised by Alice Treves, MSW, LCSW License #22144.
My academic, personal, and
professional path has provided me with a solid foundation to work with
people toward strengthening resilience and moving toward positive change. It
is my belief that we are, first and foremost, relational beings. As a
therapist, I view my clients through a strength-based lens that always takes into account the
context in which they have lived and currently live. When working with
clients I always strive to gain a meaningful, collaborative, and trusting
connection throughout our time together. It is within this meaningful
relationship that I have gotten the pleasure to take part in transformative
I work with adults, young adults, adolescents and families who have a desire to lead happier, healthier lives. I have extensive training and clinical experience in working with substance abusing adults, young people, as well as those affected by drug addiction and alcoholism. I am passionate about helping people find their own path toward recovery. I have a great deal of knowledge about addiction, the brain, and coping strategies. I have facilitated several educational, process, and family groups with people in various stages of recovery. I also work with Marin County's Office of Education where I give presentations to young people about addiction, tobacco prevention and cessation, alternative coping strategies, and the effects of substances on the human condition. I have found it valuable to bring this information on an individualized basis to my work with individuals who are self-medicating or using faulty coping mechanisms.
For the past couple of years
I have had the pleasure of working with adolescents in local Marin high
schools through Bay Area Community Resources (BACR). I have found there is a mutual connection between teens and
myself that allows my work with this age group to be extremely fruitful and
growth-enhancing. Teens are often very resistant to receiving help and guidance from adults. Connecting with teens can be difficult (to say the least) which leads many therapists to shy away from this population. Not me. I empathize with and understand the adolescent condition in a profound way. Fortunately, my passion and knowledge of their experience shines through, and it has been my experience that my young clients feel understood, and most importantly accepted for who they are. It is a privilege to say that I have had great success in working with families and teens toward living in harmony with one another.
Adolescence is often a very emotionally intense period of development, both personally and relationally. This stage of coming into adulthood often leaves young people stuck
in a state of confusion, anger, sadness, stress, and inadequacy. Coping strategies for dealing with new feelings and situations are beginning to develop, and, unfortunately, I have seen many
teens reach for maladaptive coping strategies such as cutting, drugs, alcohol,
gangs, sexually acting out, and choosing to hang out with peers that do not
bring out the best in them. It continues to be a pleasure and an honor to help young people better understand themselves and develop healthier ways of dealing with life's difficulties. Undoubtedly one of the best aspects of my job is to help teens and parents reconnect and strengthen their communication
and bonds with one another. I look forward to helping you and your loved one find the relief you are looking for.