Kathleen is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist who is passionate about helping people of all ages and from diverse populations who are struggling with challenging circumstances find solutions to their problems, heal from their hurt and find joy in themselves and in their relationships with others. Kathleen believes that individuals were created by God to know and to be in loving relationships. In part, her passion comes from her personal and educational life experiences serving children and families in schools, early intervention programs, church and private practice settings. Additionally, Kathleen’s experience being raised in a home with a special needs sibling and a service member shaped her understanding and laid the foundation for a deep desire to help others.
Her undergraduate course work in human services with an emphasis in counseling and child development provided a great framework for working with children and families. She has spent 30 years of her life providing early intervention services to children with intellectual and social- emotional disabilities. In 1998, Kathleen co-founded an early intervention program where she hired, lead and worked within a mulitdiscplinary team that provided pediatric therapy services. Once Kathleen earned her Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Hope International University, she helped develop and worked in the Family Counseling Division as a pre-licensed therapist under the supervision of Toni Dunning. Currently, under the supervision of Toni Dunning, Kathleen maintains a commitment to work collaboratively with each client and provide a safe place where client’s can process their challenging circumstances.
2015, MA, Marriage and Family Therapy; Hope International University, Fullerton CA
2012, BS, Human Development with emphasis on Counseling; Hope International University, Fullerton CA
2004-2005, 15 Units, Child Development, Long Beach City College, CA
1999, AA, Human Services; Cypress College, Cypress, CA
Gottman Level 1
Grief Recovery Institute
Clinical Member, California Association of Marriage and Family Therapist -CAMFT
EMDR International Association, Associate Member
Delta Kappa,The International Marriage and Family Therapy Honor Society