Welcome to my website!
Whether you are seeking personal growth or wish to work on relationships and intimacy, feeling comfortable with your therapist is the most important piece to getting started. I believe that the client-therapist relationship we develop together is a strong contributor to the work you do on this journey as you make progress and meet your goals. Here is a little about myself to help you decide if we are a good fit.
I value vulnerability, authenticity, being present in the moment, and having self-compassion and acceptance for oneself before working on relationships with others. I practice through a holistic lens and a mindful perspective, often teaching clients some of the very same techniques that I myself practice regularly to cope with the complex challenges life often brings. I hold the belief that as my client, you are the expert of your life, and I am here to help you identify your own personal goals and support you on your journey to achieve them.
As a AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, I specialize in sexual health and well being and am passionate about the power of connection between mind, body and spirit. What this means is that I believe we cannot work with one while ignoring the other (e.g., our stress can sometimes give us a physical headache, just as a headache can affect our mood and emotional state). Much of my work with individuals and couples also involves understanding themselves as sexual beings, whether this relates to their own personal journey or in their relationships. You can read more about this specialty here.
Additionally, I specialize in anxiety, stress management, parent/child issues, LGBTQ issues and PTSD within multicultural communities. Working with youth and their families is a passion of mine. My aim is to empower children, teens and parents to advocate for themselves, while supporting their unique journey and offering parenting, communication and self-care skills to promote personal growth and family unity. I have over 7 years of experience working with youth and families, first as an Educational Therapist in the San Diego community and most recently as a clinician providing child and family therapy at Rady Children’s Hospital Outpatient Psychiatry.
In addition to my private practice, I teach the graduate level Advanced Human Sexuality course at the University of San Diego (USD) and am continuing to expand my expertise in sexual health as I complete my Ph.D. in Human Sexuality at California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS). In my free time, I love running, yoga, practicing Mindfulness, traveling and spending time with my family (including my white Labrador).
Education & Training
Doctor of Philosophy, Human Sexuality (2022)
California Institute of Integral Studies
AASECT Certified Sex Therapist (2020)
American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists
Master of Arts, Clinical Mental Health Counseling (2015) University of San Diego
Clinical Specialty: Child Psychopathology & Trauma
Research Specialty: Sexually Related DSM-5 Disorders
Bachelor of Arts, Liberal Studies (2012)
Loyola Marymount University
Elementary Education Specialization in Special Education
Advanced Training Courses In
Sex Therapist Training, The Buehler Institute
Bridging the Couple Chasm, Gottman Method Couples Therapy
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy Skills Training, UCSD Eating Disorders Clinic
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Licensure & Certifications
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor #6233
AASECT Certified Sex Therapist
NBCC: National Board Certified Counselor
American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists (AASECT)
California Associate for Licensed Professional Clinical Counselors (CALPCC)
American Mental Health Counselor Association (AMHCA)
International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health (ISSWSH)
Publications & Appearances
Johnson, R., Fessler, A., Wilhelm, M., Stepensky, A. (2014). Risk Assessment of School Police Officers in Addressing Public Safety Related to School Violence: A Biopsychosocialcultural Perspective. Journal of Forensic Research, 5:213 doi: 10.4172/2157-7145.1000213
Johnson, R., Stepensky, A., Jones, P. (2013). Towards A National Data Base from A Community-Based Juvenile Fire Setter Service In San Diego County: FATJAM Program, Paper presented at the American Association for the Advancement of Science Pacific Division, 94th Annual Meeting, Las Vegas, Nevada.