I am an LCSW with 20 years of experience working with children and their families in settings that include: private practice, home, schools and counseling centers. This has given me the opportunity to accompany children through many life situations, helping them to cope, develop new understanding and confidence both individually and in groups. My focus is to tune to a child’s strengths and creativity to help improve their social and coping skills.
My time as a school-based counselor has been very rewarding. Counseling at risk children and adolescents with emotional disturbances requires being creative, consistent and a good listener to bring the best possible support and solutions for children’s needs.
Over the years, I found that one of the best methods for helping children and adolescents is to engage their creativity and imagination, using it to solve anything from growing pains to serious problems. I enjoy being a positive role model in the lives of children and youth. My ultimate goal is to provide the space and tools to inspire them to be the best version of themselves.
I have also worked directly with parents, notably in international adoption, where I guided couples through the ups and downs of the adoption journey; offering support and counseling throughout the process as well as upon homecoming, to ensure a happy family union.
My work with adults also includes self-care creative workshops as well as Reiki to help unblock energy and provide emotional balance.
EDUCATION & TRAINING
I earned my undergraduate Bachelors of Science degree at San Diego State University in Child and Family Development and a Master’s degree in Social Work at the University of Southern California. I have a certificate in Creative Arts Therapy from The New School in New York.
Certified Kidding Around Yoga Teacher, New York
In addition to my work with families and children, I am always seeking ways to enhance my own personal growth and development. In creating art I find meaning and harmony. I enjoy taking nature hikes, photography, collage, and painting. Over the past ten years I have also studied and practiced various types of meditation, tai-chi, yoga and Reiki and continue to deepen my work with crystals. I am fluent in French and proficient in Spanish and conversational Italian.