Counseling in Sacramento, CA
We provide counseling services to individuals, couples, and young adults in and around Sacramento, California. You may love working with us if you’re looking for honest and unfiltered therapy, served with a side of powerful positivity!
Learn more about our dedicated team below.
Meet the clinicans of Soul Legacy Therapy
As the founder of Soul Legacy Therapy, I’m devoted to my resilient clients. I’m a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Professional Speaker, and a mother.
I’m actively involved in the public safety community providing education and support to individuals, couples, families and departments. I know firsthand the kind of emotional and physical challenges the public safety community faces. As a first responder family, I have witnessed how shift work, raising children, unresolved trauma and addictions can rip though the core of what you imagined your best life to be. At Soul Legacy we work to lessen the stigma surrounding "helpers seeking help." I don't want another individual or family to feel as if they are ever alone.
I bring a direct, warm and humorous approach to my work, and find it such a privilege to be a part of my clients’ lives improving. Additionally, I offer Brainspotting along with other various therapeutic techniques to get you back to the best version of you. Brainspotting (BSP) is a type of therapy designed to help people access, process, and overcome trauma, negative emotions, and pain, including psychologically induced physical pain. BSP taps into and harnesses the body’s natural self-scanning, self-healing ability and it can be used to find and strengthen your natural resources and resilience.
I have special interest in working with:
- Counseling and educating couples on rebuilding relationships, intimacy, and sexual connection
- Supporting individuals and families who are part of the First Responder/Public Safety community (I.e. Firefighters, Police Personnel, Military, Paramedics, EMS, Doctors, Nurses, etc)
- Speaking and training on these areas of specialty; locally, nationally, on TV, and online
I’m also a faculty member at a local university, teaching in the Master's of Science in Counseling program, and in the past have served as President for the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, Sacramento.
Sadly - people that have been given the gift to help others selflessly are also often times neglecting themselves and their relationships. "Rage to Rivers" is often how my clients describe what they are experiencing. The "rage" is a short fuse or unhealthy coping skill - think anger, tone of voice, mood and addictions. With the "rivers" being the sadness, shame and guilt that follows because you feel hopeless to resolve what is going on inside of you. There is hope and help - you just have to walk through the door.
I work with couples, individuals, and children. I believe that by creating a therapeutic relationship that is comforting and encouraging, the self can be explored. I'm passionate about bringing peace, happiness, love, hope, security, and self-confidence back to the client and bringing out the strengths the couple's relationship already has and working through the struggles they may not be aware of.
I have special interest in working with:
- Individuals and couples experiencing infertility
- First Responder population
- Veteran population
I have previously worked in Law Enforcement and have a great understanding of the struggles First Responders have of managing shift work, processing the events seen during a typical shift, and balancing various roles and responsibilities in the home life and work life. I’m married to an officer in Law Enforcement who also happens to be a Veteran. I understand that people are in various stages of life and working through various struggles that sometimes require a helping hand. Clients can take comfort in knowing that I have had first hand experience working intense shift work, being a wife, mother of two, and at the end of the day, remembering to know and love myself.
Some days were not as easy as others for me. A year ago I had to undergo a procedure that would cause me to longer be able to have children, due to medical issues. This completely impacted my life as well as the future of my family. I understand the impact that infertility can have on an individual, couple and a family. I have personal experience and knowledge of the struggles that come with this.
I believe that the one thing that individuals or couples experiencing infertility, First Responders, and Veterans have in common it often times exposure to trauma. I think trauma can leave small lingering effects that can cause disruption in our selves and our relationships with out every knowing it was there. I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR). This is one effective approach to working through difficult experiences in people’s lives.
"I believe that making the appointment and showing up is half the battle.
The rest of it is just a conversation between two people."
As a former police officer in Sacramento, California I am keenly aware of the additional stressors a profession in public safety can place on a individual and a family as a whole. I have always enjoyed helping people and being a safe place for others with regards to compassion, understanding and resources. Due to a medical retirement from law enforcement, I was challenged to find a career that would allow for me to still help others - I discovered I can continue to use my passion and skills for helping others through the field of psychotherapy.
I understand first hand how hard it can be to reach out for help when you are the one that spends your life helping others. Law Enforcement, Fire Personnel, Military, Doctors, Nurses, and Attorneys all see, hear and do things that most will never experience in their lifetime. Many times these experiences occur over and over again adding to emotional pain and stress. These experiences can have negative impacts when left un-dealt with.
I have special interest in:
- Working with individuals, couples, and families
- Supporting professionals that spend their lives rushing in to help, when everyone else is rushing out
- Finding hope and support for victims of crime
- Helping others that have been injured in the line of duty
Trauma can be experienced during a one-time event as well as repeated exposures. Sadly - at times, trauma emotions are stuffed deep inside. They can feel as if there is no possibility for them to ever heal or not continuously effect your life and those around you. I am here to say you can. I have lived it. I bring a straight forward, caring approach along with Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR). This is one effective approach to working through such experiences along with many other therapeutic options. I am here to help you find understanding, support healthy growth and start living your best life again.
“What was your normal yesterday, does not have to be your normal tomorrow."