Masters in Counseling, In Progress
Masters in Teaching
Certifications & Trainings
I hail from Southern California, a third generation member of a large immigrant Czech-American family. Within that crowd, I represent the fifth generation of painters in my family, something that is a deep source of joy and reflection in my life. Art’s ability to relay emotion is something that really inspires me, and can be a valuable way to connect and reflect with my clients.
My background involves a journey through education and child advocacy work. My history in early childhood classrooms offered me the chance to work with dozens of children and their families. Through these connections, I gained a deep empathy for challenging emotions and transitions in life, as well as a passionate instinct toward social justice that stays with me today. Through the challenges of the last several years, I took the opportunity to reflect on the fact that I felt drawn out of the classroom and into the mental health field.
My goal as your therapist is to offer a space that is responsive to your needs. More than anything I want you to feel in charge of your healing, assuring that you have a compassionate and safe place to explore your experiences. I’m committed to acknowledging and honoring our differences, and learning and growing from my own biases. In that spirit, I’m devoted to finding therapeutic styles that work for you, and make sense for your personal healing.
I feel drawn to work with clients in ways that allow them to reflect on their history, noticing chapters and patterns that inform behavior. We all have stories full of complexity and emotion. I’m enlivened when I’m supporting life transitions, utilizing current research as well as personal history and reflection. Together, I hope to help you build stronger connections and uncover meaning in your experience through a safe and nurturing therapeutic relationship.