I grew up in sunny Southern California where I attended University of California - Irvine for my bachelor’s degree in Cognitive Psychology. I then pursed a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from a nationally recognized accredited program at Chapman University. From my nine years of educational and culturally diverse clinical experience, I have engaged in various crisis interventions, led various therapeutic groups, conducted parent psycho-educational presentations, and worked collaboratively with teachers, parents and outside resources.
I primarily utilize cognitive behaviorial therapy, solution-focused therapy, and selectively incorporate mindfulness techniques as these models aide in encouraging students and providing motivation. My professional interests include working with students and families from diverse backgrounds, conducting school-wide group therapy that covers topics related to student lifestyle (LBGTQ, social skills, stress management, etc.).
Outside of work, I like to travel and explore different parts of the world. Something about immersing oneself in a new culture cultivates excitement for me. I enjoy hiking, kayaking and taking long bike rides along Lake Shore Drive. Being a fairly newlywed, I attempt to be a cook, however when the experimenting fails, I find myself enjoying Chicago’s finest cuisines throughout the city. Being a foodie myself, I find pleasure in giving back to the community and enjoy volunteering for Greater Chicago Food Depository.