We don’t arrive, we grow. ~Mark Nepo
I am a licensed Marriage and Family therapist (MFC44169) and California Board Certified Art Therapist (06-006). I obtained my M.A. in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Art Therapy from the University of Notre Dame du Namur in Belmont (2001). I am an active member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. In addition to my private practice in Half Moon Bay, California, I am Program Director and Clinical Supervisor for the School Linked Services program with the Cabrillo Unified School District. I have been providing psychotherapy services for the past 19 years in various settings and provide Clinical Supervision to post-graduate associates earning their hours towards licensure. I offer classes and workshops on Domestic Violence and Trauma Informed Practices.
My areas of expertise include mood disorders, life transitions, relationships, parenting/co-parenting, trauma and grief/loss. My approach is guided by Humanistic Existential principals. My focus is strength-based, with an emphasis on the body-mind connection. My interventions are eclectic and tailored to the needs of my clients.
I am bi-cultural Peruvian and bi-lingual Spanish. My country of origin is Peru but have lived most of my life in the San Francisco Bay Area. I have been married for 26 years and have two children (13 and 17). I seek for the pearls of wisdom that are buried within the challenges and struggles in our lives and consider the beautiful imperfections as a gift. I encourage my clients to examine their needs, struggles and pain through a similar compassionate lens.