Welcome! I am an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and I look forward to connecting with you!
Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Walnut Creek, CA
Supervised by Michelle Hider, LMFT
Parts work is a technique within IFS that helps us to connect with the different parts of our own systems. We do exist within systems in our communities, we also carry our own parts within ourselves. When we become acquainted with these parts, we can being to hold conversations with these parts, acknowledge their presence and roles, and reacquaint them to help us in different and healing ways.
We know that we can store our traumas and emotions in our body, and that this storing can be nonverbal. I work with somatic techniques to become acquainted with how we store our emotions in our body, and tools that can help to bring that feeling to the surface, to help with healing and giving it some language.
Telling one's story is imperative to the healing process. I use Narrative Therapy to help with this process, integrating in Attachment Theory as well to understand how we exist in relation to others. We use the process of tools such as journaling to create consistent relationship with our storytelling outside of session. I believe Narrative Therapy gives us the opportunity to explore our past and present.
I had the great opportunity to work as a teacher in my first career. I developed the natural skills needed when working with adolescents and children. I now take this care and adoration I have for working with population into my current clinical work. I believe that if we can teach, and understand, emotions, relationships, and our own mental health, we can then take the skills needed to cope into adulthood. I
Transitioning into different life stages can be very difficult. The process of change can feel tough and the support while transitioning is helpful. Currently, I am able to move through high school and into college with many of my clients, helping them to acclimate to their new environment. I also believe we see life transitions throughout our duration. I love helping an older adult to move through their chapters in a healthy way, or a graduate student through a tough program.
I believe self-esteem is the basis of how we heal. When we can become acquainted with who we are, and practice acceptance, we can build a strong base to rely on. I find that I love doing this work throughout life stages.