I am a Certified Youth Life Coach and have been working with tweens, teens, and young adults since 2002. Many of these amazing young people were considered “at risk” or “high risk” and required some much needed support and understanding. As much as I like to think I taught them during this time, I learned much more about myself. Additionally I learned that there is SO much that we, as humans, can’t control, but there is ONE thing that we can learn to control – our reactions. Our brains are programed by our experiences and reactions. These actions create shortcuts to behaviors and expectations. But, good news for many of us, our brains are NOT in control of these behaviors, our MIND is. Brains are thought producing machines, but it is our MIND that gets to decide how to react (or not to!) to all those thoughts that come tumbling into our conscience mind. By utilizing evidence based practices such as Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Compassion Focused Therapy (in a NON therapy venue), I help my clients visualize their true self, define their core values, and move beyond the outdated personal scripts and negative lens they view their life through.
I personally understand the process of overcoming difficulty in life. I earned my AS in Psychology with honors in 2012 while working full time, and my BA in Psychology at the University of California, Davis in 2014. During my time at UC Davis I trained and worked as a Peer Counselor with “The House,” providing support during difficult times/transitions for fellow students. I also worked an Assistant Lab Manager, and Research Assistant at the Center for Mind and Brain studying ADHD. All of this experience led me to make the decision to train with the Youth Coaching Institute(YCI) to become a Certified Youth Life Coach. I didn’t let my thoughts of self doubt hold me back. I persevered through the years of hard work. I believed in myself. Life’s too short to be unhappy, unsure, or unfulfilled. Let me help you learn and develop better ways to handle the issues that are standing in the way of your goals.