“You are not a drop in the ocean.
You are the entire ocean in a drop.” ~Rumi
Ever since I can remember I have been inspired to work with parents who are bringing children into the world. When I was twelve I was asked what I wanted to be when I grew up. I always responded without hesitation "a midwife." I didn't become a midwife as life guided me into the field of psychology. However I continue to be deeply connected to my passion for working with clients during this precious and often challenging time in life.
My journey to become a therapist started at a very young age. When I was three I held my mother's hand while she gave birth to my little brother. I sang to her and reminded her to breathe. Thirty seven years later I am blessed to be offering that same calm, compassionate, attuned attention to my clients.
My interest in psychology was fueled by my fascination with conception, pregnancy and the first years of life. This fascination grew into a deeper curiosity as I began to learn about how our earliest relationships starting in utero impact our brain development, our ability to regulate our emotions and our perceptions about self and others. This exploration led me to graduate from Naropa University with a degree in Contemplative Psychology, then to obtain a Masters of Social Work from the University of Denver, and finally onto a post-masters certificate program in Marriage and Family Therapy at the Denver Family Institute.
My extensive understanding of Prenatal and Postnatal Psychology, Attachment Theory and Neurobiology led me to work as a therapist for the Community Infant Program. We offered therapy to at-risk populations with the goal of supporting healthy pregnancies and teaching parents how to meet the needs of their infant in a positive way. I worked therapeutically with parents from conception through the first three years of life.
My education, clinical trainings and experience both personally and professionally have guided me to open Ohana Therapy. My goal is to offer attuned, compassionate, connected care to my clients to support optimal pregnancy, birth, and parenting.
It would be an honor to work with you.
Founder of Ohana Therapy
Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)
Master of Social Work – The University of Denver
Post-Graduate Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy – The Denver Family Institute
PACT trained- Level 1 (Psychobiological Approach to Couples Therapy)
PAIRS Trained- Level 1 (Practical Approaches to Intimate Relationship Skills)
EMDR Trained - Level 1 and 2 (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
Trained in Parent-Infant Psychotherapy
DDP Trained- Level 1 (Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy)
Contract Therapist with the PASS Center (Post Adoption Services and Support)
Provided In-Home Therapy with the Community Infant Program– specializing in conception, pregnancy, birth, bonding, trauma, and parenting concerns.
I grew up in Hawaii
I am a mama to two AMAZING kiddos
My husband and I were MARRIED in Sayulita, Mexico
I have a GINORMOUS family
I was an aunt before I was born
I'm a dancer
I LOVE wearing flip flops
I'd prefer it to be 80 degrees ALL the time
I LOVE adventuring with my family and friends
I've lived in Mexico, Brazil, Aruba and Spain