I first began working at CALM as an MFT Intern in 2012, and accrued most of my clinical hours there until 2015. I’m thrilled to have now returned as a licensed MFT this past October (2017).
I’m based full-time with the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians and work on-site at the reservation’s Tribal Learning Center. I provide trauma-informed (and culturally sensitive) therapeutic services to children and families impacted by abuse experiences and/or family conflict/violence.
I feel blessed to be able to say that there were many times during my years at CALM that I felt I made a difference. I remember working with a family that had lost the ability to feel connected to and communicate with one another. They had a hard time speaking to each other unless they were in conflict. After helping the family communicate during family sessions using art and sand play therapy (instead of words), they were finally able to begin verbalizing their inner experiences, their thoughts and feelings, with each other. Their tears of joy, their compassion for each other’s experiences, and their long hugs of reconnection were beautiful to witness.
If I could do one thing to make kids‘ lives better, I would help grown-ups be better and more empathetic listeners, teachers and models.
I wish more people knew about the incredible collaborative and heartfelt efforts CALM staffers engage in every day on behalf of children and their families.