Therapist, Teacher, Mentor, Leader
I graduated with a MA degree in Marital and Family Therapy from University of San Diego in 2014. Previously, I earned a BA with honors in Philosophy from UC Irvine and a MA in Classics and Comparative Literature from UC San Diego.
Currently, I serve as a Licensed Mental Health Clinician at County of San Diego Psychiatric Hospital, providing acute patient-centered supportive therapy and treatment planning for the most vulnerable population dealing with mental illness. Recently, as a Program Manager and Counselor at McAlister Institute, I ensured that youths at our Teen Recovery Center and three school sites received optimal care for their substance use and co-occurring disorders, whereas with Vista Hill, I provided individual, group, and family therapy for adolescents and adults with substance use and co-occurring disorders, and offered psycho-educational services in the community.
I also provided recovery-oriented couples and individual psychotherapy and case management in a collaborative care setting to veterans and their families at VA San Diego Healthcare. I continue to volunteer my time and skills as a group leader and counselor with Men’s Center of Los Angeles, helping to coordinate retreats for inner-city youth and their mentors. I have volunteered with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), and at Prevencasa, A.C. in Tijuana, providing free community-based counseling.
During my career as an educator, I taught and advised middle-school students and served as grade-level manager at one of the most academically rigorous private schools in Southern California, as well as coordinated the English language curriculum at two schools in Mexico and instructed EFL teachers. It was an honor to have been nominated to Who's Who Among America's Teachers three times.