I‘m a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist practicing in Orange County, California. It is a privilege to work as a therapist and to have the opportunity to support and care for my clients. I am passionate about my own growth and health, as well as becoming the kind of person and therapist that can meet the needs of the clients I work with. My journey in choosing to become a therapist began in with an opportunity to work in an intern position as an Hospital Chaplain. Primarily my role was to spend time with and care for the elderly who were in recovery or hospice. After this experience I wanted to learn how to better care for people (and for myself) which led me to the Institute for Spiritual Formation. Here I learned more about the way our spirituality impacts our health and development as humans. I was trained as a spiritual director and sat under supervision as I worked with undergraduate and graduate students. My experience as a spiritual director only made me desire to have more knowledge and skill in working with people so I decided to pursue clinical psychology and becoming a Marriage and Family Therapist.
I received my M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Azusa Pacific University. I also have an M.A. in Spiritual Formation and Soul Care from the Institute for Spiritual Formation which is a branch of Talbot School of Theology. I received my undergraduate degree from Biola University in Humanities: Literature and Philosophy.
My clinical training in psychology began as a trainee at the Center for Individual and Family Therapy. I worked under the supervision of Kaneeza Lafir PsyD PsyD and Robyn Bettenhausen PsyD. I had the opportunity to work with many clients and a variety of clinical issues all while being trained and guided in best practices by excellent supervisors. For my associateship I continued at CIFT under the supervision of Shirley Liao PhD and Cheryl Graybill-Dale PsyD.
Above all else I practice a relational approach to therapy. I want to have a safe, warm, and collaborative space where we can work together to bring about the changes you hope to see. My primary theoretical orientation is Pyschodynamic Object Relations. I believe that our past and experiences with important people in our life influence the way we relate to others and our world. Together I trust we can come to some insight and understanding and discover new ways to relate to ourselves and to others.
I hope you found something that was helpful to you here. Change can be scary and takes work but it is so worth it in the end. Blessings to you on your journey! If I can help in any way please let me know.
Our wounds are often the openings into the best and most beautiful part of us.
Courage doesn’t happen when you have all the answers. It happens when you are ready to face the questions you have been avoiding your whole life.
Shannon L. Alder
There is in every child at every stage a new miracle of vigorous unfolding.