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.
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