As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Colleen specializes in working with individuals and children/adolescents on issues related to:
- Anxiety, Stress, and Burnout
- Issues/Conflict with relationships
- Abuse and Trauma
Colleen started her clinical training as a therapist with children, adolescents, and their families in the San Jose Evergreen and Millbrae school districts. She then completed her training in private practice seeing individuals and couples while also working at Community Overcoming Relationship Abuse (CORA) providing mental health services to survivors of domestic violence.
In order to deepen her passion to work with clients who have faced trauma or negative life experiences, she was trained by the EMDR Institute in EMDR therapy. She is certified in EMDR by the EMDR International Association (EMDRIA). She is also a clinical member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) and EMDRIA.
Colleen uses a variety of approaches tailored to each client’s needs and concerns. In general, she tends to draw from cognitive behavioral, psychodynamic/object relations, and family systems orientations. She also finds the practice of being present, self awareness, art, and sand tray to be helpful tools when used in conjunction with other interventions. Her framework is influenced by the scientific evidence of Mind Body Medicine. Colleen is committed to addressing all aspects of the whole person in the healing process.
Colleen received her bachelor’s degree in Human Development from University of California, San Diego. She graduated from Western Seminary with a Masters degree in Marital and Family Therapy. Her graduate education in therapy included theological and biblical studies from a Christian worldview. As a result, even though Colleen sees clients of all faith/no faith backgrounds, one of her areas of expertise is Christian member care. When integrating faith, Colleen takes a client-centered approach and starts with the client’s lead. Often, clients seek to live a gospel centered life while wrestling with emotional and relational issues. In San Francisco, she is affiliated with Christian Psychotherapy Services.
When she is not seeing clients, she enjoys giving workshops to local churches and conferences. Colleen also leads Young Women with Breast Cancer and Ovarian Cancer support groups at Bay Area Cancer Connections. In her spare time, you can find her going for walks with friends, in a dance class, or spending quality time with her family. Colleen and her husband have been married for over 15 years and they have two children together.