About Becky

About-Becky

For as long as I can remember, I have always wanted to be a psychotherapist. Human behavior and the mind have served as an endless source of fascination in my life. Even at a very young age, I was always captivated by mysteries. When I first learned about pioneering psychologist Sigmund Freud, best known as “the father of psychoanalysis,” I was intrigued to know that someone else out there had pioneered ways for humankind to make sense of how we become who and what we are.

Path To My Passion

My professional path to the field of psychology has been an eventful journey. I majored in psychology as an undergraduate and earned my first masters degree at the age of 26. However, at that time, I felt that I had not lived through enough heartbreak or connected to enough of my own resilience to really understand the vast spectrum of the human emotional experience. I opted instead to work in the human resources field while my husband pursued a career in the Air Force. It wasn’t until he began approaching retirement that I finally felt ready to formally pursue my lifelong passion for psychology.

On-The-Job Training

I ultimately earned a Master’s degree in clinical psychology from Antioch University and shortly thereafter began working with clients at the Southern California Counseling Center. That work provided me with excellent on-the-job training and an opportunity to learn about a wide range of problems – from couples and families trying to rediscover the love that initially brought them together to others trying to reconnect to their purpose after their lives had been knocked off track by some unexpected change. My work at the Center taught me that each client – no matter how helpless they feel – can tap into a source of inner strength.

It’s been almost 20 years since my internship, but the experience that I gained while working with those clients remains with me today. Every day, I am touched by the resilience and strength of my clients. I believe that I can help create a safe space for you through paying attention to what’s going on in your life. Together we can connect to the untapped strength, compassion and wisdom that I know you already have.

My Own Journey of Self-Discovery

I have discovered over the years that many therapists enter into this field in an effort to understand their own suffering. I suppose to some extent that is true for me as well, although my own life story is not filled with obvious trauma. With the help of a friend I later discovered and studied bio-energetics – a therapy that utilizes the structures in the body to release emotional wounds. That led me to enter into my own therapy, which helped me to find the missing piece from my childhood – a sense of connection to myself. I believe that can only happen by being connected to another person. Paradoxically, in that process I learned that while we are each unique, there is something universally the same about us all. The challenge, I believe, is to be able to embrace both at the same time.

Specialized Training

My training in both mindfulness and somatic experience, a trauma treatment method that helps you to relax, connect to your own healing energy and untangle the “knots” left from traumatic events, has further enhanced my journey into the body. I can help you to overcome trauma – whether it was a single experience or ongoing, chronic environmental stress. I can help you to relax, reduce anxiety and get a hold of the feelings and emotions often brought on by common life challenges, such as chronic illness, life transitions and interpersonal relationship conflict. If you yearn to feel free again I can help you begin the healing process.

The Power of Therapy

I am constantly amazed and encouraged by the changes that I see in myself and my clients when we pay attention to the subtle changes in our bodies and our relationships to others. We are able to unwind tangled stories and past wounds. I have witnessed slow but profound reductions in anxiety and a renewed connection to life. I can help you to connect your own dots and become more in harmony with your authentic self.

Today I consider myself to be one of the lucky ones. Every day I get to go to work and do what I love best – be with people in an authentic and meaningful way and walk with them as they enrich their connection to their own life force. I would be honored to help you on your journey through successful and meaningful therapy. I want to help you to make important connections in your life and embrace who you are at your core and the challenges that you face – whether they are physical, emotional or both. I invite you to take that first step and call my office and make an appointment. Together we can embark on your life-changing journey.