We are a group private mental health practice in Agoura Hills, California. Our practice is called an "empowerment center" because we offer healing from a strengths focused lens, and wish to empower others to use their strengths to grow and heal! We believe that people are redeemable and we strive to help our clients find the best versions of themselves. As much as we dive into serious, deep topics, we also seek to make therapy a place to enjoy self growth. We expect you to work hard to meet your mental health goals, but we want you to have fun and enjoy the process while doing it! We provide a casual, comfortable, and authentic space for healing, with a range of different culturally competent therapeutic activities depending on your personal likes and needs.
Getting started is usually one of the hardest parts of healing, as the process can seem very intimidating. Want to show up and dive right in? Great! Need to spend some time figuring us out before you want to dive in? Also works! We will let you go at your pace. Wherever you are in your healing journey, we will meet you there. Within the context of our treatment plans created at the beginning of services, we go with the flow for each client depending on current needs, and acknowledge that on different days we may need different activities to heal! We will meet you wherever you emotionally and mentally are in the moment.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and received a Master of Social Work with a concentration in Mental Health from the University of Southern California. I have treated children, teens, and young adults struggling with depression, anxiety, substance use, past trauma, and those wanting to further explore their sexual orientation and gender identity.
Prior to private practice, I mainly worked with foster youth and adoptive families in community mental health and school settings. I have also facilitated groups for teens and young adults who identify as LGBTQ+ and have been through trauma. I am fully trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), TF-CBT (Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), Seeking Safety, and SPARCS (Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress). I believe that in order to feel at ease and live authentically, we need to heal our wounds. Sometimes this can be scary and together we can unearth your full potential and help you move forward. I want to help you feel comfortable with yourself and the life you envision living. Through mindfulness and art therapy techniques, we can work together to bring awareness to your mind, body, and spirit. Together, we can change thought patterns that may be holding you back from feeling joy and continue the healing process.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and received a Master of Social Work with a concentration in Mental Health from the University of Southern California. I am very connected to a mission of overall reducing harm and suffering. Professionally, I seek to help my clients reduce their suffering and process their pain. Personally, I am an advocate for animal rights and am vegan for that reason, am working to reduce my environmental footprint, and dedicated to showing up in the world compassionately. I am always seeking to better understand the world around me, especially in the social justice realm.
Prior to private practice I worked in residential addiction treatment and with both adults and teens on probation. Both of these experience were so meaningful for me and have greatly influenced my work in private practice. I specialize in working with young adults and older teens with substance use concerns, trauma, legal system involvement. With these specialties, many of my clients are also experiencing depression, anxiety, low self esteem, and relational concerns. As a queer therapist myself, I provide LGBTQIA+ affirmative care, along with providing care through a social justice and anti-racist lens. I take from many styles of therapy, but primarily use Compassionate Inquiry, which is a dynamic blend of modern trauma therapy, somatic work, parts work, attachment work, and Eastern Philosophy. I also provide Equine Assisted Life Coaching in Malibu, CA, just up the street from popular Zuma Beach.