My journey to becoming a therapist began when I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Boston University. I have always been fascinated by the nature of relationships and family systems and at BU I was able to stoke the fire of my curiosity through my studies in psychology. After graduating from BU, I volunteered for a year with AmeriCorps teaching tennis and literacy for a non-profit after school program called Tenacity located in Boston, MA. My experiences mentoring youth in Boston led me to pursue my Master's in Clinical Social Work from Smith College, located in Northampton, MA. While in graduate school, I completed two nine-month full-time internships with Broomfield Elementary School in Boulder, CO and with Venice Family Clinic in Venice, CA.
After graduating from Smith in 2011, I provided individual, family and group therapy for teens and parents at Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services, a government funded group home for teens experiencing emotional disturbance and other behavioral issues located in Los Angeles. My work at Vista Del Mar cultivated in me a strong interest in the field of mental health recovery with a focus on helping teens and parents. For the next year and a half I worked with Clare Foundation, a non-profit drug and alcohol rehabilitation center located in Santa Monica. At Clare Foundation I provided individual, family and group therapy for teens and parents at Santa Monica High School, Beverly Hills High School and John Adams Middle School. I additionally worked at Bel Air Treatment by Evolve, an Intensive Outpatient Program for adults working through addiction and dual diagnosis, located in Bel Air, CA providing therapy for individuals, families, and groups.
Santa Monica is home to my private practice where I have been providing therapy for over three years. The ocean is my second home! If I am not in my office we can take it to the ocean or the mountains for a private coaching session. I am also a therapist with Saltwater Sessions, a unique program designed to help people recover from addiction through the meditative practice of mindfulness and surfing. Feel free to ask me about these other options and programs! I can truly say that I get to wake up each morning feeling grateful for the opportunity to engage in this beautiful process that we call "therapy."