Because I believe therapy is a unique experience for every person, I utilize interventions and techniques from many different treatment modalities including behavioral, cognitive, family systems, internal family systems, mindfulness, motivational interviewing, person-centered, psychodynamic, and trauma focused. My eclectic approach allows me to weave, in each session, interventions to meet each person’s therapeutic needs. My goal is to help every individual identify the areas in their life that cause emotional discomfort and pain and to work collaboratively to develop skills to change, manage and resolve the source(s) of distress.

Many years ago, I received a desk calendar with daily thoughts to reflect upon. A quote by the writer, Marilyn Ferguson, beautifully encapsulates my philosophy about my role as a therapist and the individual responsibility each person holds for personal contentment and peace…”No one can persuade another to change. Each of us guards a gate of change that can only be opened from the inside. We cannot open the gate of another, whether by argument or emotional appeal.” My commitment to every individual I work with is to help find, open, and walk through the gate.

Although I am not a Buddhist many tenants of Buddhism including “We are shaped by our thoughts” and “You deserve your own love and affection” guide my professional beliefs and practice. I use my knowledge and expertise to help individuals use therapy to change negative thoughts and to develop self-compassion and love by healing present and past wounds. Therapy is one of the best gifts you can give to yourself.


  • Law Enforcement/Peace Officer Trauma
  • Transgender Identity
  • Women’s Issues


  • Addiction
  • Alcohol Use
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug Abuse
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Grief
  • Life Transitions
  • PTSD
  • Self Esteem
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Substance Use
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Women’s Issues


  • 14– 18 Years Old with Gender Identity/Sexual
    Orientation Issues
  • Adults

Marginalized Individuals:

  • Bisexual
  • Gay 
  • HIV / AIDS 
  • Heterosexual 
  • Lesbian 
  • Transgender/Gender Non-Conforming