registered associate marriage and family therapist #119539
pronounced /awe-tay/ like latte
I was born in Tahiti to my Tahitian-immigrant mother and my white-Californian father, and was raised in the small beach town of Carpinteria, CA. Growing up as a sensitive human-being, I greatly felt the effects of being told who I was expected to be from those around me, and often responded to implicit messages of “not belonging” through achievement and the aspiration for perfection. As someone who presents as ethnically-ambiguous, and who is multiracial, multicultural, first-generation, and a holder of white privilege, I have felt as though I am continuously untangling myself from all that is projected onto me, while also trying to locate what feels like the real “me” in the process.
Now as a therapist, my hope is to assist anyone who feels as though parts of themselves are unacceptable or not good enough, and assure them of the beauty these “unacceptable” parts are capable of.
Outside of the therapy office, you’ll probably find me sipping iced coffee, tending to my extensive houseplant collection, or spending quality time with my adorable long-haired dachshund. Some things I love are: art, photography, and design, learning about niche subjects, traveling, day-trip adventures, and finding the best chocolate chip cookie recipe.
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology - University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Master of Marriage and Family Therapy - University of Southern California (USC)
Genesis Healing Institute
Decolonization of Mental Heath & Holistic/Ancestral Healing Integration
Trauma Resource Foundation (In-Process)
Traumatic Stress Studies
Somatic Embodiment & Regulation Strategies
CCEC Clinical Training Program
Clinical Excellence Award
I completed my Master of Marriage and Family Therapy degree from USC, where I had the privilege of learning from powerful voices in the field, and receiving education well-oriented to an integrative and intersectional approach. I have received exemplary training from CCEC’s Clinical Training Program, and was honored to obtain an award for Clinical Excellence. This award recognizes demonstrated competency in areas such as culture, client-centered care, and client range. In addition, I’ve had training on specific topics such as decolonization of mental health, trauma presentation and treatment, and somatic regulation. I’ve provided support for clients ranging from ages 7-80, and around varying issues, such as complex-trauma, identity exploration, anxiety, perfectionism, depression, BPD, communication issues, grief, and relationship difficulties.