About me

I am a clinical psychologist, and a Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor. My area of focus is the treatment of infants, young children, and families. I am endorsed by the California Center for Infant Family Early Childhood Mental Health as an Infant-Family Early Childhood Mental Health Specialist. I am trained as a therapist in evidenced based therapies such as Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) and the Incredible Years Parenting Program (IY). I am also a parent facilitator for Circle of Security (COS). In both my work in private practice and in my work as the mental health clinician at KC KIDS in Reedley, I utilize the NeuroRelational Framework (NRF). PCIT is a behavioral family therapy, which is focused on teaching caregivers selective attention, and is intended for children ages 2-7 years old. CPP is a family therapy for children ages 0-6 years old, when the child has experienced a traumatic event. IY is a parenting group for caregivers whose children are ages 3-6 years old. I have received level one Theraplay training and I am a Reflective Practice facilitator.  I currently see families through private practice and as a part of an Early Intervention Program in a rural school district.  

I believe that caregivers are the experts of their child and the most important person in their child's development. Play therapy can aid in strengthening  this relationship. Play helps children learn regulation strategies, understand their world, and is often a form of communication.  Play therapy can help caregivers understand the meaning making of their child's behaviors. Family play therapy works to support both caregivers and children and it can help increase moments of connection with one another. Play therapy can incorporate such things as toys,  games, mindfulness strategies, and art projects to facilitate progress.