I am a Clinical Lactation Specialist, wife, and mother of two; exclusively breastfed children. I am currently on a journey to become an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). I completed my formal lactation specific education/training through the Grow Our Own Program; an accredited IBCLC/Lactation Consultant prep course offered through The Riverside County Department of Public Health, Nutrition Services. My objective is to be able to offer my knowledge and support in order to aid breastfeeding mother’s succeed and achieve their breastfeeding goals. With proper support and guidance, breastfeeding can be accomplished and will be one of the most rewarding experiences for both Mom and Baby.
I have over fifteen years of experience providing direct practice to children, youth and families, including the last fourteen years at Children’s Hospital Outpatient Psychiatry. Therapy is provided in English and Spanish. I have knowledge of evidence-based practices utilized in clinical interventions. Treatment modalities include cognitive and behavioral therapy and play therapy. I also incorporate the use of art and narratives as part of treatment. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) licensed by the State of California to practice therapy. My education includes a Master of Social Work and a Bachelor of Art degree. I have made presentations and given demonstrations to psychiatrists and other mental health professionals in San Diego City and County and Tijuana, Mexico. The topics included Community Healing from Trauma, Clinical Practice, and Art Applications for Clinicians. The initial session includes an assessment and review of presenting problem. Together a treatment plan is created to address the unique needs of each individual. I provide a creative and healthy atmosphere where individuals can relax and explore what life presents. I am honored to work in collaboration with youth, family and individuals that seek to overcome barriers to create a better quality of life.