I am fortunate to have a career path that has taken me through a wide variety of fulfilling experiences. I have extensive mental health experience working with individuals, couples, and families, and I have worked with all levels of mental health. I currently have a private practice in downtown Sacramento providing psychotherapy to individuals, couples & families, as well as working with young women and girls who have been victims of sex-trafficking.
For many years I have provided therapeutic clinical services to adolescents and young women who were victims of sex-trafficking. It has been a privilege to have worked alongside them on their journey of finding their way and to become healthy and whole. I am dedicated to fighting the issue of human sex-trafficking and believe that as a society we must all come together to fight this epidemic, as well as provide care and services to those affected by this trauma. Currently, I work in the Oak Park community in Sacramento through the organization, City of Refuge, providing individual and group therapy to young women who have been victims of sex-trafficking.
I also provide education and training for clinicians, school employees, the community, and those who work with this population. To bring the issue to light is to bring healing and aid to the victims of sex-trafficking. Education and information are crucial to creating and supporting programs that provide therapeutic services and housing assistance where young women can heal and find hope for their future.
I am also a Registered Nurse, graduating in 1983 with my Bachelor’s degree in Nursing. I have worked on many units including maternity, oncology, NICU, pediatrics, and a psychiatric unit. In 1993 I obtained my Sign Language Interpreting Certificate and worked in the Deaf Community assisting with interpreting.
Due to my love for education, I have provided supervision for interns who are working towards their hours to become licensed therapists. And in 2005 I had an opportunity to provide instruction within the psychiatric rotation for Sacramento City College nursing students.
In addition to my current private practice, my therapy career has included:
- Psychiatric counselor at the Sacramento Juvenile Hall
- Group home residents and foster families
- Lodi School District: school mental health services
- Adolescents within the juvenile justice system
- Family reunification
- Police and fire department personnel dealing with various work-related stressors
MA in Marriage and Family Therapy, University of San Francisco, 1997
Bachelor of Science, Nursing, Stanislaus State University, 1983
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, CA
Licensed Registered Nurse, CA
CAMFT- California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists