The only thing that is constant is change. - Heraclitus
A California native and an explorer at heart, I've lived throughout the states and am glad to now call San Diego home. I specialize in perinatal mental health, working with individuals as they navigate the sometimes difficult path toward expanding their families, including experiences of infertility, miscarriage, and loss.
I also have experience supporting clients through transitions related to work, relocation, education, and individuals considering a change in their relationship with substance use.
I found my way to mental health through my experiences supporting humanitarian relief operations in crisis areas throughout the world. Drawn to stories of resilience, of survival, of growth, despite the most difficult of circumstances, I chose to pursue graduate training in clinical social work. I completed my Masters of Social Work (MSW) at Smith College School for Social Work in Northampton, MA.
After 5 years in the field, my focus shifted to perinatal mental health following my own pregnancy and the arrival of my first baby. I was inspired by the growth and transition that is inherent in this period, and came to understand the struggle and difficultly that can arise at this time that cultural messages say is the most wonderful time in a new parent's life.
I've been honored to work with mothers, couples, and families preparing for, navigating, and after pregnancy in intensive therapy settings, in groups, and in outpatient individual and couples therapy. When I'm not working, you might find me enjoying nature, baking bread, or spending time with my family.
Change is hard! And, even when it is much desired, change brings along with it reminders from the past, new stressors and adjustments, and new identities, all of which can lead to stress, discomfort, and feeling stuck.
I believe that change and even crisis brings with it opportunity - opportunity to grow, stretch, and even take steps that bring your life into closer alignment with the life you want to be living. There is no doubt this can be a painful process, and you do not have to walk this path alone.
My approach to therapy is relational, person-centered, and collaborative. Your story and your experiences will guide our therapy process from start to finish, while we incorporate tools and practices grounded in evidenced-based practice including mindfulness, IFS, and EMDR. Schedule your consultation today.
Trust in your own untried capacity. - Ella Wheeler Wilcox
training & licensure
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
California Board of Behavioral Sciences LCSW #72137
Texas Board of Social Work Examiners LCSW# 104740
Master of Social Work (MSW)
Smith College School for Social Work, Northampton, MA - 2011
Memberships, Affiliations, and Additional Training
Perinatal Mental Health Certification (Postpartum Support International)
IFS Level 1 Trained
EMDR Therapy (EMDRIA approved, Maiberger Institute)
Additional training in treating complex trauma
Registered Circle of Security (R) Parenting (TM) Facilitator
Postpartum Health Alliance Member