Who We Are
The mission of VCC is to facilitate integrative psychological and spiritual growth and wellness. We are located in downtown Ventura, providing affordable mental health services to residents of Ventura and surrounding areas.
We envision a world in which mental health services and spiritual practice are not a luxury only some can afford, but an essential part of healthcare available to all.
Ventura Community Counseling (VCC) offers Individual Therapy, Couples Therapy, therapy for Children and Adolescents, and Group Therapy
The Marriage and Family Therapist Interns below provide therapy services at Ventura Community Counseling.
I received my Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University. Before joining Ventura Community Counseling in 2016, I worked for Ventura County Behavioral Health as well as non-profit and private organizations providing therapeutic services to adults, children, and families. My work focused on treating a wide range of disorders including anxiety disorders. Many years of personal and professional experience with treating anxiety allows me to connect with individuals suffering from anxiety and help them overcome their fears that are holding them back from living the life they want to live.
My work with Ventura Community Counseling focuses on treating anxiety related disorders utilizing Mindfulness principals with the integration of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). I feel strongly about the connection between the mind and body and the importance of treating a person as a whole which is why I offer a holistic treatment approach to treating anxiety. I will work with you to create an individualized treatment plan to meet your needs!
For almost ten years, I’ve worked closely with parents of babies and young children as they build healthy, secure attachments. As a preschool teacher, parent educator and group facilitator, I’ve seen how early relationships can be complicated by trauma, postpartum mood disorder, or by parents feeling ill-equipped to meet their babies’ needs. In 2014, I became a certified parent-infant coach.
As a therapist, I continue to work with families as well as with individuals looking to improve relationships, heal trauma, and find meaning in daily life. I earned my Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute, where I studied depth psychology. This perspective values both conscious and unconscious activity, such as dreams, imagination and creativity.
My training includes work with adults, couples and adolescents at the Community Counseling and Education Center in Santa Barbara and with babies, toddlers and parents at the Nan Tolbert Nurturing Center in Oak View. At VCC, I see adults and couples in an intimate office in downtown Ventura and conduct parent-child work at a beautiful, sunlit playroom in Oak View.
I often work with individuals who suffer from trauma, depression, grief and loss (including death, divorce and relocation), alcohol and drug dependency, and who desire fulfillment, connection and a sense of deep purpose.
I believe therapy is a courageous and often daunting step to take toward healing. Whether a person is looking to recover from painful experiences or struggling to reclaim their sense of self and purpose in life or in relationships, therapy is a sacred and special collaboration between the therapist and client.
As your therapist, I offer a warm and compassionate approach to our meetings and guide us to create a safe and powerful place for healing to take place. I bring a uniquely extensive background of clinical experience spanning over 20 years and continue to work with individuals recovering from sexual, physical, or family trauma (like divorce, illness, or abuse), addiction and codependency, a broken relationship or family, or a loss of identity due to significant change in one’s life. I often work with individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, and grief, or those who feel lost in the margins. My clients range from adolescents, teens, and adults seeking individual, family, or couples therapy.
I hold a Masters in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in depth psychotherapy from Pacifica Graduate Institute. Depth psychotherapy widens the frame of a person’s story to include what is relevant from the past, present, and imagined future. It also pays attention to not only what is seen and heard, but what is alive in the deep sea of the unconscious, which holds valuable resources for healing and managing life. I work with clients to gently explore the unconscious through the development of a strong therapeutic relationship where the client’s unique story is allowed to emerge at its own pace. My additional training and experience in Yoga Therapy, Career Counseling, DBT, and community mental health is incorporated with depth-oriented tools like dream work, stories, art, and body awareness to explore connections between physical and emotional symptoms and to re-align the relationship clients have with wounded pieces of themselves.