“Just taking the time to put your mental health first, acknowledging that it deserves respect and care, and accepting help when you need it, can save your life. You are worth saving. And you are not alone.” ― A.J. Mendez Brooks, Crazy Is My Superpower
I am a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT 100070) at PsyCare in San Marcos, CA, who is especially passionate about working with teens, young adults, self-identified “nerds” of any kind, and individuals who are entrepreneurs, self-employed, and/or business owners. As a fellow nerd and entrepreneur, I understand a one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t work for clients, and my theoretical orientation can be adapted to meet your unique needs.
Everyone experiences setbacks in life, which is why it’s important to me that your story be accepted without judgment. I strive to create a therapeutic environment that is characterized by warmth, respect, growth, and humor. I believe in adopting a collaborative approach that emphasizes your strengths and focuses on solutions vs. dwelling on perceived weaknesses and problems. I utilize interventions that promote greater self-awareness and discovery of new skills that can be practiced between therapy sessions.
For me, psychotherapy isn’t just a career – it’s a calling. That’s why I’ve also focused on supporting my fellow therapists as a leader (current Clinical Director-at-Large for CAMFT, former President of the San Diego North County Chapter of CAMFT, and Business Development Manager for TrackYourHours and TrackYourCEUs) and advocate (Founder of Prelicensed, Chair of CAMFT’s Pre-Licensed Committee, and Member of CAMFT’s Chapter Advisory Committee and Connects Committee).
I enjoy writing articles that focus on mental health issues and therapist development. My publications can be found online (Prelicensed, PsychotherapyNotes, Nerdy Therapy) and in print (The Therapist Magazine). I am available for speaking engagements throughout the year and have been featured at the CAMFT Chapter Leadership Conference (2018 and 2019), Therapy Reimagined Conference 2018, The Modern Therapist’s Survival Guide Podcast, several CAMFT chapters, and Pepperdine University.