Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Couples [The Gottman Method], Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy (ERP or EXRP), Harm Reduction, Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Motivational Interviewing, Prolonged Exposure, Relational, Solution-focused
My therapeutic experience started when I was in Graduate school working with my first clients as my professor and class looked on behind a two-way mirror. After graduating I worked with clients with severe mental health issues in a hospitalization step-down unit for about a year. After that, I worked in community mental health working with ages 0-65 with a range of issues (Trauma, ADHD, anxiety, LGBTQ+, depression, Suicidality, Bipolar, OCD, etc). During that time I started a small private practice where I worked with all who want to see me but the bulk of my practice was eating disorders, anxiety, teens, couples, OCD, and general life improvement. When I stopped working in Community mental health I kept my small practice and went to work with a large healthcare provider where I have been for 9 years. The wonderful thing about a large healthcare provider is the volume of clients you see daily with a variety of issues. You see 8 people a day every day with every issue under the sun. I truly feel there is no better place to grow your skill set with every issue in the DSM and an extremely diverse clientele.
My approach as a therapist is simple, I meet my clients where they are so we can reach their goals collaboratively. As a therapist, I work for my clients and understand that we are all different and that what works for some won't work for others. My job is to help people achieve the change/goals/ etc that they want to achieve. To accomplish that I work collaboratively with my clients to understand their goals, what contributes to their situation, and what skills/changes we need to create/uncover to create the changes they are looking for.
MS - Counseling Psychology, California State University, Long Beach
I enjoy rock climbing, surfing, continuing my education, and time with my family.
I find walking in the early morning sun light as well as getting some form of exercises daily really helps me stay grounded.
A Sports Psychology Book by the name of With Winning in Mind. I have read it a few times and I find it one of the best books on Sports Psychology I have read by a country mile.
The Surfrider Foundation. As someone that spends time in the Ocean, I appreciate their efforts to protect our oceans and access to the ocean for everyone.
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