A compassionate and experienced psychotherapist, I have dedicated my career to supporting the growth and development of individuals, families, and couples. With over 15 years of experience, I bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to my work with various issues, from international aid work and adoption to trauma recovery, teens and young adults, parenting, relationships, and personal growth and development.

My extensive counseling experience includes working with couples and families to build stronger relationships, improve communication, and navigate life’s challenges. I have been with my partner for over 30 years, and together, we have faced many of the same challenges that bring couples to therapy. This personal experience and my professional training have allowed me to develop relationship materials that offer effective and practical tools and exercises to enhance connection, resolve conflicts, and deepen intimacy.

One of my key areas of expertise is working within the LGBTQ community, providing affirming couples therapy, and working particularly with trans youth and their families. I provide essential counseling services to support these individuals as they navigate the unique challenges associated with gender identity and expression. My work in this area is deeply rooted in my commitment to inclusivity and involvement with various supportive organizations.

As a mother of 13 children, eight of whom I adopted internationally, I bring a unique perspective and depth of understanding to my work with teens and parenting. My personal experience as an adoptive parent informs my professional practice and allows me to relate deeply to the individuals and families I serve. My international work has included collaborating with the government of Sierra Leone to develop their foster care program and train foster parents in culturally appropriate parenting methods, establishing orphan care facilities following Ebola, facilitating international adoption processes, and providing trauma counseling for victims of abuse and trafficking.

As a skills-based therapist, I use an integrated approach that draws on elements of CBT, solution-focused therapy, narrative therapy, and strategic family therapy. I aim to empower my clients to develop the skills they need to thrive through life’s challenges. In addition to being a psychotherapist, I am also a nationally licensed EMT and have extensive experience in crisis and trauma-related events. In my downtime, I enjoy Broadway shows, playing softball, discovering new restaurants, and dancing in the kitchen. I am currently accepting new clients and welcome the opportunity to support you on your journey.

To make an appointment, please contact 760-741-2660 or email [email protected].