About Heather

My Education & Background

B.A. in Human Behavior | Ryokan College
M.A. in Counseling Psychology (Emphasis in Depth Psychotherapy) | Pacifica Graduate Institute
Ph.D. in Depth Psychology | Pacifica Graduate Institute (2017-2020)

I specialize in working with highly creative adults, adolescents, and couples. After 20 years as a professional fine artist, I have developed a deep appreciation for the benefits and challenges associated with artistic personalities. Although I work with many creative professionals, my understanding of creativity is not limited by one’s choice of career. Instead, it refers to a spark of vitality and inspiration that lives within each of us. My background in the fields of fine art and entertainment influences my view of psychotherapy as an opportunity to approach healing and transformation from a fresh creative perspective.


I believe human beings have an innate drive toward the fulfillment of possibility. Given a gentle and nurturing therapeutic environment, the parts of our lives that involve emotional pain or discomfort often provide the most fertile opportunities for growth and healing. I view therapy as a collaborative process, which offers a chance to cultivate sources of strength, meaning, and purpose.

About My Current Work


Marriage & Family Therapist Registered Intern

I am currently accepting new clients in private practice. Our office is located in a peaceful setting in Santa Monica, CA


Ph.D. in Depth Psychology

I am pursuing a Ph.D. in Depth Psychology with a Specialization in Integrative Therapy and Healing Practices at Pacifica Graduate Institute.


Resource Tapping

Resource Tapping is a simple and effective technique that I teach my clients, that helps develop a “basic resource toolkit” to manage anxiety, boost performance, and enhance creativity. For more information, contact me.

Advanced Training &



Family & Couples Training Program

Southern California Counseling Center

This intensive training program included instruction in family systems, EFT, the Gottman Method, LGBTQ+ couples and families, and couples' individuation work.


Trauma Resiliency Model & Community Resiliency Model

Trauma Resource Institute

I am trained in TRM and CRM, two programs designed to help to create “trauma-informed” and “resiliency-informed” individuals through the development of somatic awareness, personal resources, and grounding techniques.


Certifications in Military Competency (Tiers 1 & 2)

Star Behavioral Health Providers

This training for civilian practitioners focused on developing core competencies for working with active-duty military service members, veterans, and military families.


Gang Awareness Training & Experience (G.A.T.E.) Certification

Southern California Counseling Center

This certification course included instruction and experiential learning focused on the daily challenges of involvement with gang culture in Los Angeles.

Professional Affiliations &

Community Involvement


California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists (CAMFT)

I am a member of CAMFT, an independent professional organization dedicated to advancing the profession of marriage and family therapy as an art and a science, and to maintaining high standards of professional ethics, upholding the qualifications for the profession.


Imaginal Communities

Imaginal Communities utilizes depth psychology, embodied approaches, and community-building to offer bodymind healing programs. I have participated as both a member and co-facilitator of their model of Community-Based Dreaming, and have adapted the method for use with individuals in the therapeutic setting.


The Friends of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA

Open Mind is a community film and lecture series that is open to the public at no charge on the UCLA campus. ‘The Friends’ bring together scientists, researchers, clinicians, authors and filmmakers to discuss issues that pertain to illnesses of the mind and brain.

Recent Publications &


In the Footsteps of Gods and Monsters: Sacred Travel and Individuation

Published Master’s Thesis | Pacifica Graduate Institute | Carpinteria, CA

BTWN Literary Journal Vol. 19: Undertow

Cover & Interior Illustration | Pacifica Graduate Institute | Carpinteria, CA

Flow: Art Making as Peak Experience

Presentation | Pacifica Graduate Institute | Carpinteria, CA

The Artist’s Life: Examining the Creative Process

Special Guest Speaker for Laboratory Arts Collective | Soho House West Hollywood

The Perfection Complex: Creativity as the Antidote to Perfectionism

Presentation | Pacifica Graduate Institute | Carpinteria, CA

Illuminated Devices: Exploring the Mindful Use of Smartphones

Presentation | Pacifica Graduate Institute | Carpinteria, CA


Schedule a Free Consultation

 Choosing a therapist is an important decision. I understand the trust it takes to open up to someone new, so I offer a free 20-minute phone consultation to all new clients. I am here to answer any questions you may have and to offer guidance through the process.

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