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Successfully built and manage a professional general practice specializing in Trauma Recovery, Chronic Illness & Pain and Children’s Play Therapy.

In-depth knowledge of various therapeutic modalities and established credentials in the application of Cognitive Therapy and Family Systems.

Additional areas of expertise:



  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Marital and Parenting Issues
  • Play Therapy


  • Program Development
  • Multi-cultural Counseling
  • Life Transitions
  • Leaning Disabilities and ADD

Developed network of valuable contacts and resources with human service agencies throughout the tri-counties area. 



Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, 1999 — California State License #MFC35531 

M.S., Counseling Psychology, 1993 — California State University at Northridge

Graduated with Distinction, Magna Cum Laude

B.S., Business Management, 1990  Golden State University

Graduated with Distinction, Magna Cum Laude

Family Systems Therapy Training, 2001  Santa Barbara Family Therapy Institute



Psychotherapist, Private Practice, Santa Barbara, CA — 1997 to Present

  • Counsel children, families and individuals using various therapeutic modalities including talk, play and art therapies.
  • Specialist in PTSD, domestic violence and children’s issues.
  • Co-lead children’s social skills, anger management and nature-based groups.
  • Extensive experience with victims of crime through the Santa Barbara District Attorney.

Contracted therapist for Santa Barbara County Mental Health — 1997 to Present

  • Provide clinical and social services to at-risk youth, family members, and mentally ill adults. Work in coordination with county case manager using multi-disciplinary team approach.

Sojourn Services for Children, Santa Barbara,CA — 2003

  • Provided in-home family therapy and parenting coaching to families with children under five.
  • Coordinated care with Santa Barbara County and multi-disciplinary team.
  • Administered psychological tests pre and post treatment to measure results.

Counselor - Program Developer, Girls Incorporated, Santa Barbara, CA — 1995 to 1996

  • Helped to create and establish the first Child-Counseling program in the history of Girl’s Inc. a highly successful program that is still in use today.
  • Counseled children and families with parenting and school problems.
  • Additional emphasis on gang prevention education.

Counselor, Santa Barbara Counseling Center, Santa Barbara, CA — 1994 to 1997

  • Counseled individuals, couples, children and families providing crisis intervention, brief therapy and long term treatment.
  • Dealt with a range of problems including incest, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, domestic violence and ADD.

Counselor - Program Developer, Institute of Behavioral Medicine, Santa Barbara, CA — 1994 to 1995

  • Researched issues relating to heart disease and developed a preventative curriculum for heart patients that focused on diet, exercise and stress reduction.
  • Co-led a support group for cancer patients and family members.
  • Counseled adolescents (fourteen to eighteen years of age) at private school locations as well as the general public at the Institute. Instructed stress and anger management.

Counselor, Sanctuary House, Santa Barbara, CA — 1992 to 1994

  • Counselor and social facilitator in a multi-dimensional residential setting. Responsible for psycho-social assessments, group facilitation and individual therapy with mentally ill adults.
  • Created, implemented and facilitated the first therapeutic support group for a population diagnosed with depression and bipolar depression a successful program still in use today.

Counselor, California State University at Northridge, Ventura, CA — 1994

  • Provided counseling to individuals.
  • Selected as one of two students to lead co-lead a growth group for peers.



California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists

  • Member — 1992 to Present
  • Board Member and Continuing Education Chair — 1998 to 2000



Guest Lecturer and Presenter:

  • Villa Majella Maternity Residence
  • Santa Barbara City College CalWORKs Program
  • University of California, Santa Barbara Lunch and Learn
  • Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation
  • Postpartum Education for Parents
  • Cox Communications Employee Training