|Position:||Associate Field Therapist|
- Masters of Arts in Counseling, St. Edward's University
- Bachelor of Science, St. Edward's University
- Administrative Assistant, NEXT Consulting LLC
- Realtor, Keller Williams Realty
- Sales Associate, Ann Taylor Loft
- Au Pair, Hamburg, Germany -- Kindergarten and school age children
- Full Time Nanny -- Infants, Toddlers and Kids (up to 6 yrs of age)
- Teaching Assistant, Biology Department, UCSD
My passion is working with kids to develop insight into where they come from and why they act the way they do. Behind every maladaptive behavior is a cry for loving attention and an attempt to fulfill an unmet need. The beauty of therapy and any attempt to develop one’s self is the shift from blaming and shaming to openness and exploration. Once we are able to meet ourselves with curiosity and compassion, big emotions morph from experiences of internal fear to indicators of a greater need for self love.
My approach is primarily informed by my training as an Internal Family Systems (IFS) Level 1 therapist and my personal practice of Vipassana meditation. I use a lot of mindfulness and body-based practices in therapy. I am stimulated and excited by finding what works for each child. At the end of the day, therapy is about relationship building and exploration of self, other and the combined relational field. We can practice and increase our ability to connect with ourselves and others. Shifting our attention from ourselves to helping others happens when we experience deep healing. Building and becoming a part of communities of healing is my purpose in life. I hope to share this with every child I meet, to create a ripple effect which flows outward from one to many.
Part of what has brought me to wilderness therapy is a love of the outdoors. That, and my need for constant movement and physical activity. I like camping, backpacking and hiking. Ideally, I combine all of those in roadtrips to my favorite places. Creating things is a passion of mine, into which I hope to invest more of my personal time. Whether that’s crafting (drawing, painting, macramé), building (I plan to build a house one day), playing piano and guitar (I’m learning!), or gardening, I feel vibrantly alive when I’m nurturing the artist within. Beyond that, I seek to learn and challenge myself by moving towards my fears.