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About Me

Licensing and Educational Background


I am licensed to practice therapy/counseling in the state of Oregon (OR #5719) and in the state of California (CA L#25047). 


I hold a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Santa Clara University (1999) and a Master’s degree in Social Work (MSW) from San Diego State University (2003). 


I have a specialty in Expressive Arts Therapy and obtained certification through JFK University in Pleasant Hill, CA.  I am a member of the International Expressive Arts Therapy Association (IEATA). 


I am a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) and offer faith-based counseling for individuals of the Christian faith looking to integrate this view and spiritual practices into the sessions. 

Clinical Experience & Training


I have worked in the mental health and addictions treatment field over the past 25 years in a variety of settings to include the following: 


Private Practice; Green Leaf:  Counseling & Expressive Arts Therapy, LLC – Hillsboro, OR

Providence St. Vincent – IOP Mental Health & Chemical Dependency Department; Portland, OR

Kaiser Permanente – Behavioral Health Department; Hillsboro, OR

Private Practice – Lafayette, CA

Kaiser Permanente – Outpatient Mental Health with the Department of Psychiatry; Antioch, CA

Private Practice – Vacaville, CA

NorthBay Hospital – Medical Social Work; Fairfield, CA

John Muir Behavioral Health – Inpatient Psychiatric Hospital; Walnut Creek, CA

New Directions Counseling Center – Counseling Services; Concord, CA

UCSD Outpatient Psychiatric Services – Outpatient Mental Health; San Diego, CA

Community Counseling Agency – Domestic Violence Shelter, Encinitas, CA

Hosanna Homes – Foster Care Agency (FFA); Castro Valley, CA


I have completed advanced training at The Psychotherapy Institute (TPI) in Berkeley, CA in psychodynamic psychotherapy (2006) and a Certificate in Addiction & Recovery through Lighthouse University with AACC (2013).  Additionally, regarding Trauma work training I have completed an advanced course on Sensorimotor Psychotherapy for Trauma (body-based interventions as trauma is stored at the body level) (2015-2016).

Fees for Services


My rate for a 50-minute session is $110.  Payment is due at the time service is rendered.  I accept cash, check, or credit card (via the Square).  There is also an option to pay via a Paypal Invoice. 


Regarding insurance health plans:  You may inquire if your insurance plan covers out-of-network therapy.  If my services are covered by your health plan, I’d be happy to provide a receipt for the session so that you may be reimbursed directly. 

Take a step of courage and invest in You TODAY.  Call me at (925) 222-1568 for an initial 20 - minute free consult to determine if it is the ‘right fit’ to work together in healing and living transformed, one day at a time.