~B.A. Psychology with Honors, University of Ca. Santa Cruz
~Sensorimotor Psychotherapy training in the treatment of trauma and attachment/development related issues
~M.S. Counseling, San Francisco State University
~Advanced training includes:
Hakomi, Experiential Couples Therapy, OCD, hair-pulling/ skin-picking disorders, body-Image/eating disorders, cognitive-behavioral therapy, Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), brain based therapy, Sandtray, Internal Family Systems, Re-Creation of the Self, Motivational Interviewing, and diversity/cultural competency.
~Somatic processing private practice (CMT) focus on trauma & related disorders
~Grief Counselor, Hospice of Santa Cruz County
~School based counseling of high risk youth, EMQ Families First
~Counselor at Family Service Agency
My training in Sensorimotor psychotherapy was in the somatic processing and resolution of traumatic activation and attachment/developmental wounds. I saw clients using somatic processing and bodywork (CMT) and specialized in work with survivors of sexual abuse and other trauma. I worked with PTSD/anxiety disorders, eating disorders, self-harm behaviors, addiction and dissociative disorders. When I returned to school to complete my masters in counseling, I did so with 5+ years of experience using a somatic psychotherapy method in my work with bodywork clients.
I am influenced by the following personal study/experience areas:
- Buddhist psychology
- Mindfulness practice
- Attachment Theory
- Continuum and Authentic Movement
- Neuroscience/Brain studies