I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California (License LMFT 47779) and an AAMFT Approved Supervisor. I have been working with therapy clients since 2005.
I hold a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (now renamed Sofia University).
I opened Counseling for ACTion in 2009 with the goal to provide both family and individual psychotherapy to a wide range of people who sit in multiple cultures. Counseling for Action has also provided counseling in schools by independent contract with a school or school district. In 2010-2011 and 2012-2013, we provided services at Santee School in San Jose.
For the first 10 years of my practice, I provided therapy in San Jose, CA. However, in March 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, I moved my practice online, and I now work with clients from anywhere in California.
Before opening Counseling for ACTion, I provided counseling and psychotherapy at several sites. At Santa Clara County Suicide & Crisis Services in San Jose, CA, I provided telephone counseling to people in crisis. I also worked with children ages 5 to 13 and their families, including many recent immigrants, at Ravenswood City School District in East Palo Alto and Santee School in San Jose. From 2006-2007, as a facilitator in the Matrix program at EMQ Families First, I coordinated wraparound care for teenagers who had a history of difficult foster placements. And at Almaden Valley Counseling Services in San Jose, I provided weekly, clinic-based psychotherapy to families, couples, adults, children, and teens.
Since 2010, I have been teaching at The Institute of Transpersonal Psychology at Sofia University. From April 2015 through December 2016 I served as the Chair of the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology (MACP) program. Courses I have taught at ITP/Sofia include Systems Theory (family therapy), Child/Adolescent Therapy, Multicultural Counseling Skills, Law and Ethics, Counseling Principles and Practices, Advanced Theories and Skills, Creative Expression with Children and Adolescents, Advanced Trauma and Crisis, and Clinical Practicum. I have also provided consultation about instructional design for online courses to other instructors.