Pasadena Trauma Therapist
Associate Clinical Social Worker
Associate Clinical Social Worker, ACSW #95987
Supervised by Kristen Muche, LCSW 82170
I am a registered Associate Clinical Social Worker here at Pasadena Trauma Therapy that is passionate about providing inclusive, non-judgmental care to those struggling with various mental health issues. As a therapist specializing in trauma treatment, my areas of focus include eating disorders, PTSD, complex trauma, issues of racial identity, dissociation, sexual orientation, gender identity exploration, anxiety, and depression.
I provide an individualized approach to every case based on the needs of the client, as I believe that therapy can be designed to fit the mold of the person sitting across from me. As a clinician, I come from a curious, empathetic, culturally humble stance where providing a safe space for all bodies comes first. Within my practice, I utilize various approaches based on Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Exposure Response Prevention, Polyvagal Theory, and Mindfulness Practices.
Additionally, I practice Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). EMDR is a form of psychotherapy that has been successful in helping people who suffer from trauma, anxiety, panic, disturbing memories, nightmares, etc. EMDR uses bilateral stimulation (such as eye movements or tapping) while the client attends to past memories and triggers, in an effort to decrease or eliminate emotional distress connected to the memory.
Within the therapeutic space, I will work with you towards developing an internal sense of safety by identifying and implementing coping/regulatory skills, reprocessing trauma, and learning to trust yourself and your body. When the body stores trauma, it can be scary to rely on the emotions and sensations that the body experiences. Together, we will practice providing compassion and curiosity towards the way you learned to survive.
I am originally from the suburbs of Chicago and have been enjoying my time here in my new home in Los Angeles. In my free time, I like going on walks, reading, practicing yoga and boxing, spending time with loved ones, and trying new foods. I always appreciate learning from my clients and I look forward to meeting and growing with you.
- Azusa Pacific University- Bachelor’s of Social Work
- California State University, Long Beach- Master’s of Social Work