Approach

I believe that with a little determination and exploration, each of us can make positive changes in our lives that will lead to more fulfilled and satisfying relationships.

I provide my clients a safe, nurturing environment, while supporting them during difficult times or while they are taking courageous steps to make changes in their lives.  

I draw from a variety of therapeutic approaches. Through a psychodynamic approach, I am able to help clients explore how their early experiences impact their current relationships and relational patterns. I also use a cognititve-behavioral approach to assist clients in finding more adaptive ways of perceiving themselves, others, and circumstances, which may create positive changes in mood and behavior.

Specialties and Issues 

I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Tustin who provides counseling services to adults, teenagers, couples, and families. I specialize in relationship issues, including helping clients to achieve more healthy and satisfying relationships. I also address concerns such as as divorce adjustment, family of origin issues, attachment issues, divorce or break-up adjustment, help healing from infidelity, anxiety, depression, self-worth, grief & loss, trauma, stress, and adjusting to life transitions. 

Experience

Created and facilitated a workshop for incoming college freshmen and their parents, which taught coping and communication skills to assist in their adjustment to college.

Therapist at community-based mental health clinic, where I provided counseling to adults, teens, and families.

Co-facilitated a group for children which helped them cope more effectively with family changes due to separation or divorce.

Therapist in private practice setting, where I was trained in the Gottman method and provided counseling for couples, as well as worked with individuals on relational concerns.

Counselor in a juvenile diversion program, where I provided counseling to adolescents and their families, facilitated drug and alcohol groups, and gave presentations on drug and alcohol usage and juvenile laws to high school students.

Worked at a low cost counseling center for women and families. 

Education

  • Master of Arts in Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy, Chapman University

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Chapman University

  • Advanced Level Participant, Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute 

License and Certification

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, (license no. MFC52415)

  • PREPARE/ENRICH (Pre-Marital and Marriage Enrichment Program) Certified Counselor

Specialized Trainings

Currently an Advanced Level Student, in the Process of Receiving my Certification in Somatic Experiencing

Completed Training to become a Gottman Seven Principles Program Educator

Completed Level 1 Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy

Publication

  • Brougham, R. R., Zail, C., Mendoza, C., and Miller, J. (2009) Stress, Sex Differences, and Coping Strategies among College Students. Current Psychology, 8, 85-97. 

Professional Memberships

  • California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, Clinical Member

  • Member of Tustin Chamber of Commerce