I help women make space for real life experiences and cultivate the future they want for themselves.
A few things about me…
Through my experience, I have learned that there is no single way to develop, grow, or heal. We can only be teachable, have compassion for self and others and do our best to live as authentically as possible. I have a lot of lived experience in the things I specialize in now—anxiety, poor self-image, and managing stress and life transitions as a young adult. It takes a lot of work to practice what I preach, consistently.
We’ll spend our time talking about you as a person, not as a diagnosis. Your life, your friends, your career, what inspires you, and what keeps you up at night. It might feel different than what you’ve see on television but therapy isn’t cookie cutter.
I see therapy as a relationship that is designed with your goals at the center.
I don’t model perfectionism. I’m actually very awkward, I ramble, and am pretty predictable! I use a lot of humor (I could have a been a comedian in another life), some self-disclosure, and I like asking why X, Y, and Z were important to you. I’ll be a broken-record about empowerment and self-love and I’m not afraid to talk about the “secrets” like sex, money, health, motherhood, and suicide. People are often afraid to talk about these things because we carry so much shame around them. I try not cater to shame.
I cater to real women with real experiences and there’s nothing you can say that I can’t hear.
I‘ve struggled with authenticity—doing the things consistent with who I am and loving the body I’m in— and chances are, you have too. According to the Irish origin, my full name means Brave Little Rock, but I’ve always felt anything but brave. I’ve always felt more like an “anxious pebble”. To live up to the name and believe I could be brave, I’ve spent my young adulthood channeling courage and finding sincere motivation, to live and love (myself and others) authentically. Now I can claim to be a Brave Little Rock, because I know that brave is when I live and love genuinely and wholeheartedly.
I’m also a woman of color with a human body.
I’ve worn my hair both natural and straightened. I’ve been happy with my curls and I’ve struggled with self-esteem and body-image. I’ve been complemented and critiqued for it all. But when you live in someone else’s box, you are bound to feel trapped. Therapy with me is talking a lot about what keeps us stuck in conflicting versions of who we want to be.
Being a woman is hard enough, much less having to be the “perfect” version of one all the time. My journey into self-discovery means I’ve hated myself and lived with a lot of discomfort trying to please other people, but now, I own the comfort level and I take it one moment at a time. And I still make mistakes.
In the year 2021, it seems radical to love yourself. I feel like when people advocate for self-love, they are pioneering a new concept because we’ve become so afraid of what it means to to fall short. It often takes repetition before we can believe it is okay to be whatever we want to be, make mistakes, and still be allowed happiness.
You don’t always find a therapist to change what you believe. Sometimes, you find a therapist to validate what you believe. You are strong, worthy, and capable.
Education and Training
- Cornell University, Certificate Program
- Diversity and Inclusion, September 2021
- California State University, San Bernardino
- Bachelor of Arts in Psychology 2014, Summa Cum Laude
- California State University, San Bernardino
- Master of Social Work (MSW), 2016, Department Honors
- Licensed Clinical Social Worker, April 2019, BBS# 88658
- Intensive Training and Consultation for Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP)
- Experience Providing Field Instruction and Clinical Supervision
- Graduate and post-graduate social work students
- Over 170 Hours of Continuing Education in clinical treatment, online therapy, and clinical supervision since 2019
Experience and Populations Served
I have been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 2019 and serving severe and persistent mental health since 2014. I have worked in both the public and private sector:
- government and county agencies
- law enforcement
- public and private schools
- foster care and group home
- private homes
- public employers
I have invested 3 years in crisis services addressing:
- thoughts of suicide
- thoughts of hurting others
- hearing voices
- intrusive thoughts
- personality disorders
- co-occuring disorders
- inpatient hospitalization
- and more