My path to becoming a therapist started when I took a psychology class in high school taught by Jill Calbi. I was struggling with depression and severe self-esteem issues, but Ms. Calbi was a beacon of light. All students knew they could turn to her if they needed to, because we could tell she genuinely cared. It was then that I knew that I wanted to pay this blessing forward - to be someone that people knew they could come to for a safe and non-judgmental ear.
I studied psychology at the University of California, San Diego. There I studied infant and child development at the Cognitive Development Lab (with Dr. Gedeon Deak) and Child Think Lab (with Dr. David Liu). I also received the honor of becoming a scholar of the Ronald E. McNair program, a research scholarship for first-generation minority college students. Upon graduation I completed an honors thesis about infant stress and attention to visual stimuli.
I obtained my master's degree in Clinical Psychology at Cal State University, Fullerton. I worked with Dr. Barbara Cherry and Dr. Angela Minh-Tu Nguyen to complete my master's thesis on the long-term biological consequences of intimate partner abuse (IPA). The manuscript is currently being prepared for publishing.
My passion for research continues to this day, as I continue to read and synthesize information from peer-reviewed journals. By staying up-to-date on evidence-based research, I can provide my clients with many different tools to help them on their unique journeys.
Thought it has been many years since sitting in Ms. Calbi's psychology class, I still haven't forgotten my primary goal - to get to know you, help you find your light, and encourage you to get out there and shine!