Central Coast Therapists
To strengthen the Marriage & Family therapy
I was born, raised, and spent the beginning of my counseling career in Ventura County. Growing up, I loved being outdoors and engaging as much of my physical being as I could. I founded a love for people and our environment from my upbringing which I will always cherish. In 2017, I left VC and moved to the Central Coast and have never looked back. Since moving here, I’ve found myself so connected to the community and am so excited to continue my personal and professional growth here. Currently, I work for Balance Treatment Center as a Therapist and Supervisor conducting intensive outpatient therapy. In addition, I continue to teach for Pepperdine University and California Lutheran University in their respective Counseling Psychology programs. In my free time, I love playing sports, doing martial arts, hiking, climbing, camping… basically anything outdoors and is active.
“Angels can fly because they can take themselves lightly.” G.K. Chesterton
And so it can be with all of us, if we can find our path. And that is how I approach therapy, and that is how I approach life. Self-compassion—-self-kindness—-leads; first to embracing one’s self, and then embracing all that life has to offer.
I embrace life by enjoying the company of my compañera de viaje, my partner on the journey, as we cook, hike, garden, play with our 6-year-old Zen Master granddaughter, sit in front of the fireplace with a cup of coffee, or ponder the big issues of the day, like whether we should eat 70% Chocolate, or 72%.
I've spent the past several months streamlining my life materially, emotionally and spiritually: letting go of what's no longer serving my life. I've recently taken over 50 hours of advanced Reiki training in order to be able to teach Reiki online. My summer garden took a lot of time and water and the tomatoes refuse to admit defeat this fall. We've constructing a labyrinth in the back yard. We have done a bit of safe traveling to places and people who share our belief that wearing masks is good for ourselves, our neighbors and our community.
A Central Coast Native Monique loves living on California's Central Coast and is most passionate about serving the San Luis Obispo County community. A Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with 15+ years in mental health and wellness, this UC Davis alumni graduated with a Psychology degree before completing her Master's in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University in Santa Barbara. Monique’s private practice is especially designed to meet the needs of women — including teens, college students, and mothers. We employ a collaborative and integrative approach to therapy that empower you every step of the way. We are privileged to serve individuals, couples, and families. We celebrate diversity and are LGBTQ+ affirming.
Outside her therapy practice, you'll find Monique hiking Avila Ridge, practicing yoga, spending time at the beach, or planting in the garden. She is all about exploring the outdoors with her husband and two Aussies. Exercising creativity and holistic living are important to Monique along with the ability to travel and experience new adventures.