I began my journey to becoming a child therapist many years ago. Considering a career in early childhood education, I began working at a childcare center. I fell in love with working with infants and children, and I began learning all I could in order to support their growth and development. It was then I realized the importance of the parent-child relationship, the value of positive discipline, and the power of play.
Continuing on my journey, I studied social work and worked for several different non-profit agencies. I worked with military families at Camp Pendleton and Miramar for the New Parent Support Program. My experience provided me the opportunity to work with children and families from all different backgrounds throughout San Diego County.
Memberships & Professional Activity
California Association for Play Therapy, San Diego Chapter
Association for Play Therapy
Postpartum Health Alliance
Earliest Relationships Network: Providers Supporting Early Childhood Mental Health
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
I was recently the "featured expert" on the Parent Savers podcast to discuss "Building Confidence in Kids." Listen to the episode here.
Areas of Focus
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
Registered Play Therapist (RPT)
Play Therapy Certificate, UCSD Extension
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), UCDavis
Advanced Training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Chadwick Center
CBT for Youth and Adolescents, Behavioral Health Education and Training Academy
Master of Social Work (MSW), 2007
San Diego State University
San Diego, CA
Bachelor of Social Work (BSW), 2001