I have always been searching for answers in one form or another. I began to make sense of the world around me through creating from a young age. Creativity allows me to see my feelings and thoughts in a very concrete way and to know myself better. As what was once simply inside of me has now become an object in the world and I can work with my feelings and thoughts in a less attached way. It also allowed me to be vulnerable and to voice my feelings in a safe way.
My career began as an artist and teacher. After graduate school, I happily created work for shows and taught art through a nonprofit The Armory Center for the Arts. At one point I had no shows in front of me and I was exploring being outside the studio and engaging in the world in other ways besides creating art. I started back to my yoga practice and began to learn meditation with a teacher I respected. Meditation and yoga helped me focus more and reduce the stories that were always running through my mind about experiences I had. This led to living on an ashram to fully explore yoga and meditation deeper. When I came back to Los Angeles I decided to train as a yoga teacher. During the training, I realized I was more in love with the philosophy of yoga and the emotional benefits gained than the physical movement much as I loved it. And my intuition offered up maybe you should become a therapist.
There is a curiosity for me about what lies underneath each person's conscious thought process. The deeper hidden parts of ourselves that we normally don’t even allow ourselves to see. Those parts we have denied ourselves or hidden because they are challenging to see. I bring a deep listening and a straightforwardness to point out a different way of seeing what is happening. While also allowing for humor and lightness to come in around those challenging places. I am not a blank slate I show up as myself in the room since that is what I am asking my clients to do be open themselves and vulnerable.
I am able to be a calm and grounded presence in the midst of chaos. I care deeply about the people in my room as well as those in our own country and abroad who are collectively struggling. I am a deep feeler and allow my intuition to guide me. I hold the hope for things to be better that we can grow into who we imagine ourselves to be. That we can overcome what came before, feel good and not always be embroiled in a struggle. I know we live in a culture of fear and scary times and we need to be able to find ways to live our lives within that.
Education and Training:
Antioch University Los Angeles, MA in Clinical Psychology, Specialization in Spiritual and Depth Psychology
Claremont Graduate University, MFA in Sculpture
University of Iowa, BFA in Fibers and Sculpture
Current Topics in Analytical Psychology: Certificate Program in Jungian Studies, C.G. Jung Institute of Los Angeles
Jungian Sandplay: Individuation as seen in Sandplay Processes, 10 month intensive program, C. G. Jung Institute Los Angeles
UCLA Extension, Play, Creativity, Mindfulness & Neuroscience in Psychotherapy
YogaWorks 200 Hour Teacher Training