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“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

Clients

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.

COLLEAGUES

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 CFO 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.

Current Employment

Professional Affiliations

  • CAMFT’s Board of Directors
    • Chief Financial Officer (2020-2022)
    • Clinical Director-at-Large (2019-2020)
  • CAMFT’s Committees and Task Forces
    • Chapter Advisory Committee (2017-2022)
    • Connects Committee (2018-2020)
    • Educational Foundation Board of Directors (2020-2022)
    • Executive Committee (2020-2022)
    • Finance Committee (2020-2022)
    • Pre-Licensed Committee (2018-2022)
    • Social Policy Task Force (2019-2021)
  • SDNC-CAMFT’s Board of Directors
    • President (2017-2019)
    • Director of Community Outreach (2016-2017)

Publications

Appearances

  • Navigating the COVID-19 Crisis as a Pre-Licensed Therapist (CAMFT Webinar, May 2020)
  • Prelicensed Breakout Session (CAMFT Chapter Leadership Conference, February 2019)
  • Navigating Your Prelicensed Years (Therapy Reimagined Conference, October 2018)
  • The Journey to Licensure (Pepperdine University, June 2018)
  • Building Hope for the Next Generation of Therapists (The Modern Therapist’s Survival Guide Podcast, April 2018)
  • Supporting Prelicensees (CAMFT Chapter Leadership Conference, February 2018)
  • Prelicensed? Learn How to Get Paid and Get Hours (San Diego CAMFT, July 2017)
  • Working with At-Risk Youth in the System: A Therapist’s Perspective (Orange County CAMFT, March 2017)
  • Paid MFT Internships (Pepperdine University, May 2016)
  • Paid MFT Internships (Inland Empire CAMFT, February 2016)
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