My love affair with fitness began in college when I discovered running as a way to get together with friends and spend uninterrupted time conversing. Being outside and having meaningful conversations with others became my own form of therapy and the part of my day I looked most forward to. After suffering with my own anxiety, I began to correlate nature with peace and calm—my very own sanctuary.
I became a Certified Personal Trainer with NASM, but decided to pursue my Master’s in Clinical Psychology from Azusa Pacific University knowing I wanted to marry fitness and therapy in a creative way. I find (and so does science) that by just getting up and moving, a person’s mood changes and they become more alive. As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I want to walk with you as you navigate through life’s ups and downs— particularly if you are struggling with anxiety, depression, a life transition, or in the midst of or recovering from an eating disorder.
I work with mostly women ages 15-45, helping them delve deep into past or present issues in order to live a full, present life full of possibility. I also have experience working with adolescents in a school setting as well as in residential treatment. To be able to help adolescents thrive in this challenging part of life is so rewarding. It is exciting to see the growth, change, and hope each teen leaves treatment with.
As a native to the area, I am pleased to offer my services to the community that helped shape and form me. When I’m not walking and talking you can find me teaching Pilates, hiking, running, drinking coffee, and attempting to complete crossword puzzles.