Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), Harm reduction, Motivational interviewing (MI), Solution-focused, Strengths-based
I strongly believe that everyone wants, can, and has the right, to be a healthy, happy individual who can grow and be successful. However, sometimes life gives us circumstances or unexpected events that make us feel this goal is out of our reach. Whether it be substance abuse, grief, trauma, depression, anxiety, anger or something else, I believe that with the right tools we can grow from these experiences and learn to cope.
I feel that therapy is most successful when it is a collaboration between the therapist and the client. I bring education and a variety of techniques while providing a safe and respectful yet challenging environment. You bring your authentic experiences and motivation to get better. Together, we work to figure out which areas could use improvement, what skills work for you, and the best ways to work towards your goals.
BA - Psychology and Applied Developmental Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles
MA - Social Work, University of Southern California
Internship, Riverside Center for Behavioral Medicine
I believe everyone has potential but sometimes it is hidden either from the world or ourselves. Sometimes we need a few skills and a little empowerment to bring out our best selves.
I love to read fantasy and romance in any form (books, comics, blogs, fan fiction, etc). I also like to plan themed parties with my sister; my most recent being a Mario vs Sonic party for my son.
I am huge on gratitude and I try to think of at least 5 things throughout the day that I am thankful for.
Planned Parenthood- they provide so many reproductive and healthcare services to people that otherwise would not be able to receive care. And despite often being misunderstood and stigmatized, they continue to provide services unapologetically.
Reading fiction - when things are difficult in the real world, this helps me take a break.