When I decided to train to become a therapist, I simultaneously embarked on a journey of my own greater self-awareness. What I have learned for myself and what I teach my clients is that even the most confusing (or shameful) of our thoughts, feelings and behaviors make sense if only we suspend judgment, muster up compassion and patience, and examine the entire tapestry of the life experiences that lay foundation for them. As I accompany my clients in their own self-discovery and healing process, I show up as an active participant and highly attuned guide recognizing the enormous privilege and trust my clients bestow on me.
My approach is collaborative, active, and focused on tailored solutions that allow my clients to achieve their unique goals. Though it is my utmost priority to ensure that my clients feel heard when working with me, I offer more than a "sounding board" and a space to "vent." I see it as my responsibility to facilitate difficult, and at times painful, conversations and respectfully challenge unhelpful thinking patterns if necessary. I believe that change takes effort and I use empathy and experience in gently nudging my clients out of their comfort zone and encouraging new ways of being in the service of personal and relational growth. I do it with inherent tact, curiosity and, if appropriate, my Polish sense of humor.
In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I am forever a learner, world traveler, coffee enthusiast, jazz lover, Leonard Cohen fan and a horseback riding novice. My favorite motto is "It is what it is but it will become what you make of it." I try to make lemonade out of my lemons... and enjoy it too!
Education and Credentials
Texas State Board of Examiners of Marriage and Family Therapists - Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #203154
Council on Sex Offender Treatment, Texas - Licensed Sex Offender Treatment Provider #99622
California Board of Behavioral Sciences - Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #45387
American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists - Certified Sex Therapist
Imago Relationships International - Certified Imago Relationships Therapist
California Sex Offender Management Board - Certified Sex Offender Treatment Practitioner
Rape Trauma Services – A Center for Healing and Violence Prevention - California State Certified Sexual Assault Counselor
Business Psychology Certificate, University of the Rockies - Colorado Springs, CO
New Zealand Psychologist Board - Registered Psychologist (Currently Inactive)
Psychology Board of Australia - Registered Psychologist (Currently Inactive)
Sex Therapy and Education Certificate Program, California Institute for Integral Studies - San Francisco, CA
MS, Counselling Psychology, Dominican University of California - San Rafael, CA
MA, English, University of Wroclaw - Wroclaw, Poland
BA, English, University of Wroclaw - Wroclaw, Poland
EMDR International Association (EMDR Training Group) - EMDR Trained Therapist
Please listen to my interview on the issue of Masturbation as a Form of Harassment.
The interview was conducted by Ann Hardee, RN, the host of Night Moves Exploration of Contemporary Sexuality, at KSYM Radio 90.1 FM.