I help people make peace with their thoughts through counseling and yoga. Counseling is the container for building a solid relationship with my clients and helping them learn solutions to their problems. My clients find meditation helps them tap into their inner wisdom and yoga provides daily practices to help heal their wounds.
I want to be a breath of fresh air for my clients. My approach is interactive, warm, and accepting. My job is to give my clients the quickest relief possible which means I provide immediate feedback, tasks to focus on between sessions, and tools to learn coping skills. Nothing makes me happier than helping my clients feel better about themselves!
My resume is colored with a wide variety of jobs working with diverse populations, from bartender to administrative assistant, that deeply influence my work with people. One of my favorite careers was working in the music industry in promotions and management. Not only did I learn the unique challenges of the creative class and how to help artists manage their stress, but I also lived out my dream of working with rockstars!
Afterwards, I worked for more than eight years in the public school system, providing counseling and educational/psychological evaluations. My young age and ability to relate to the high schoolers provided an instant connection. I helped numerous kids develop higher senses of self-esteem and self-awareness by equipping them with tools to regulate their emotions and work toward educational and career goals. It was here that I confirmed my passion to pursue private practice.
I started taking yoga classes in 1999, and I am now a certified and registered yoga teacher (200 RYT) using an eclectic, vinyasa approach with influences by B.K.S. Iyengar, Rodney Yee, and Shiva Rea. I am also trained in restorative yoga by Judith Hanson Lasater. Initially, I kept up with yoga for its many workout benefits. Then, I came to see yoga is more than the poses, breathing, and meditation: it’s a way of life. Yoga infuses the consciousness with an optimism that shines through like a smile, often quite literally. It’s given me a spirituality that manifests as confidence and compassion for myself, others, and the world around me. Realizing the positive benefits of doing yoga prompted me to bring what I learn on the yoga mat into the counseling session.
In my spare time, I enjoy making art out of wine corks, spending time outdoors, designing mosaics, surfing, and traveling.
Education and Credentials
- Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Southwestern University, Georgetown, Texas
- Masters of Arts in School Psychology, Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas
- Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, License #475, Board of Behavioral Sciences, California
- Licensed Professional Counselor, License #64471, Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors, Texas
- Licensed Specialist in School Psychology, License #32957, Board of Examiners of Psychologists, Texas
- Nationally Certified School Psychologist, National School Psychology Certification System, USA
- Registered Yoga Teacher, License #45144, Yoga Alliance, USA
- Relax and Renew: Learning to Teach Restorative Yoga, Level One, Judith Hanson Lasater, San Francisco, California
- Somatic Experiencing Practitioner, Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute, Boulder, Colorado
Professional Memberships and Affiliations
- American Counseling Association
- International Association of Yoga Therapists
- Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute
- California Association for Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors, Board of Directors 2014 – 2016
- California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, San Francisco and Santa Clara Valley Chapters
- National Association of School Psychologists