Business Cell: 805-602-6814
Making professional counseling services afford-ably available to individuals,
couples, children and families, throughout San Luis ObispoCounty.
Summary / Specializations
counseling trained in curriculum provided by The Gottman Institute,
bringing insight into invisible communication patterns, confronting
judgmental attitudes about differences, facilitating a conflict resolution
style that works for both partners.
Play Therapy with children 3-7 years old; 5 years of training and practice in the use of a non-intrusive child centered / non-directive approach.
issues, approaching emotional distancing from spouse and children,
mid-life crisis issues, investigating life goals and dreams, aggressive
nature, anger, control issues
generational patterns of anger, negativity, shaming, blaming, abuse
and violence and developing new patterns of genuineness and congruent loving
from compulsive addictive patterns, promoting positive coping
strategies, and the processing of underlying issues causing emotional discomfort
a safe accepting environment allowing one to face the disowned emotional
realities which may be making them excessively depressed or anxious.
the grieving process, exploring past painful incidents and how they
may be affecting present behavior and allowing for grieving of losses and
spiritual and emotional growth toward greater levels of
approach to family of origin, adverse childhood experiences,
Certifications and Education
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist:
License #: MC 45993
1985 BethanyCollege of Missions, Bloomington, MN
1989 BA English, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, CA
1995 MA Counseling Psychology, Pacifica Graduate Institute,
Carpentaria, CA Additional Studies
Counseling Couples Courses, The Gottman Institute (24 hours), Addressing Child
Abuse and Neglect Trauma (16 hours), Nurturing Parent Program Training (16
hours), PRIDE Foster Parent Training (60 hours), Sex Offender Treatment (19
hours), Filial Play Therapy (24 hours), Non-Directive Play Therapy (2 year
internship), ACE Adverse Childhood Experiences (6 hours)
12/16/2011 –present “Innovation” Play Therapist
Community Action Partnership of San Luis Obispo (CAPSLO)
Currently, I am researching measurement devices, laying out the information gathering mechanisms for a California State Grant awarded to San Luis Obispo County to be serviced by CAPSLO, FSS; this is a grant for which I provided the proposal and made the revisions for SLO County and the SLO County Grant Administrator edited that proposal and submitted it (along with 11 other proposals) to the State of California Innovations Grant Committee; my proposal, along with 7 others, were funded.We have successfully laid out the infrastructure of the grant, have created fliers and sent them out into the community advertising the services which we soon will be making available to children and families displaying “Attachment” related symptoms.
I provided behavioral support to all CYFS programs including Head Start, Early Head Start and Migrant Head Start classrooms, using the pyramid model developed by the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL), which is a three level system.After an “Internal Referral” had been made, laying out the behavioral concerns which had been thus far unresponsive to lower level teacher interventions, and parent permission had been obtained, I observed the child in the classroom environment, assessing how well staff were providing nurturing and responsive relationships with children and high quality supportive environments and offered suggestions of ways they might improve in such areas.If such adjustments had not resulted in the child’s behavior improving, I moved to the next level of the pyramid and helped classroom staff to target social and emotional supports.If the classroom was performing well on these lower levels of the pyramid, and child was yet not improving, after obtaining permission from parents, I moved on to the top level of the pyramid, and conducted a functional analysis of the behavior, and together with parents and teachers, created a Positive Behavioral Intervention Plan which incorporated multiple factors related to what motivated that particular child.During this above process, it may have been determined that the child could benefit from Play Therapy or Theraplay, and I may have made myself available to provide either or both of those psycho-therapeutic approaches to assist the child in self-exploration and attachment issues.I also provided psycho-educational training to parents and referrals to outside support agencies.
06/1995 – 06/2009: University Instructor
Fresno Pacific University
I provided continuing education instruction for K-12 teachers who were seeking to approach academic and behavioral challenges posed by LD and ADHD children (this course was called “Inclusive Instruction and the ADHD Student.”).Also, I taught a course aimed at equipping teachers with curriculum tools to use in providing their students with a career education and a future focused learning system (this course was called “Career Pathways to the Future”). In June of 2009 I was approached by Dr. Joseph Taylor with an offer to purchase the two courses.Since I was turning my focus to my private practice and felt as though I had completed all that I had wanted to accomplish with these courses, I accepted his offer.I also was the instructor of 5 Social Science courses www.SocialStudiesCourses.com and resigned this position as well.
Provide continuing education instruction for K-12 teachers
who are seeking to approach academic and behavioral challenges posed by LD and
ADHD children.Also teach a course aimed
at equipping teachers with curriculum tools to use in providing their students
with a career education and a future focused learning system.And, currently, also the instructor of 5
Social Science courses www.SocialScienceCourses.com
since my father’s passing on July 10, 2008.
Conduct interviews with homeless individuals and families,
assessing them for disabilities which could warrant application for Social
Security Disability, or, for abilities and interests toward future employment.Work in conjunction with the Housing
Authority, Department of Rehabilitation, Employment Development Department,
Department of Social Services, Probations Department, Women’s Shelter, and
property management companies throughout SLOCounty.Whereby, I have helped hundreds re-gain a
home to live in and re-enter life on a new level or get back to what they once
had prior to being overwhelmed by challenges beyond their control.
2003-2006 Marriage Family Therapist / Counselor CommunityCounselingCenter
Conducted psychodynamic counseling for couples and
individuals on a low cost, sliding scale fee schedule; treatment was given for
depression, anxiety, Post Traumatic Stress, recovery from addictions, issues
facing couples and families.Provided a
safe, accepting and encouraging place for people to address areas of conflict
and discomfort, toward their finding greater levels of functioning and freedom
in their interactions with others.Made
appropriate referrals into the community for support in areas of medical,
legal, employment and social concerns.
2002-2005 Mental HealthTherapistIII San Luis ObispoCounty Youth Services
Conducted assessments, observing clients in classroom and in
home settings, gathering information from teachers, parents, physicians, social
workers, and probation officers.While
working with young children, provided non-directive play therapy, individual
latency age play therapy, filial play therapy for parents and assisted parents
in developing and implementing a behavioral intervention plan with both
positive and negative reinforcements. Also provided individual therapy for
juvenile sex offenders, first approaching their developmental and potential
abuse issues, then empathy for the victims, with victims therapist, then
reunification with family in family sessions.
Social Worker and Behavior Therapist
Reviewed psych evaluations, individualized education plans,
interviewed previous placement facility staff, and the individual being
referred to determine appropriateness of placement in residential treatment
center.Presented admission assessment
to Utilization and Review Committee.As
a Behavior Therapist, conducted functional behavioral evaluation, developed a
behavioral intervention plan, implemented plan with staff and teachers in
dormitory and private school setting.Individual treatment, tolerance training, environmental orientation,
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