Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Harm reduction, Motivational interviewing (MI), Solution-focused
I am a Licensed Marriage And Family Therapist who is passionate about working with teens and adults by creating a safe space to honor my client's experiences and expertise in themselves. I help clients improve their self-esteem and self-worth through validating and supporting my clients as experts of themselves and deepening their compassionate relationships with themselves through boundaries, modifying core beliefs, and engaging in self-care.
For 20 years, I've worked with adults who have experienced anxiety, depression, stress, low self-esteem, and low self-worth. My clients tell me that I have a calming presence, and that I'm easy to talk to. There is always a different way to look at things, and I offer a hopeful, positive, and realistic outlook. I include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused, Person-Centered and additional therapies that are tailored to each person in your therapy journey. I work together with my clients to create a space for further self-exploration, self-love, and healing. I believe that we want to be loved, accepted, respected, feel listened to and understood. I am non-judgmental and accepting when someone feels safe enough to share their story or experiences with me.
MS - Marriage and Family Therapy, California State University Fresno
To give back to others and assist them in finding their way in life. Many people gave a lot of help to me along the way and it feels good to give back to others.
I enjoy music of all types. Seeing live music, playing musical instruments and being with my family. I have been a DJ for 30 years as a hobby job.
I listen to a lot of music. It lifts me up and excites me. Music is giving back to other too. As a DJ, I am able to bring music to other people and lift them up with it. I also do daily yoga and meditation.
I read Love's Executioner by Irvin D. Yalom almost yearly. I read parts of it that resonate with me. Dr. Yalom is my favorite therapist and reminds me to listen to clients and listen well. He reminds me that listening and giving input is a delicate balance and to ask lots of questions. If I don't ask, I will never know. Understanding a client really well is incredibly important. I am thankful for Dr. Yalom's mistakes and I learn from them and my own.
I love non-profit radio. Many of the non-profit radio stations I like bring a different type of therapy to people. It's the therapy of music and it uplifts and educates as well as calms the mind. It is a good community to be part of.
I recharge by doing fun things. Live bands, listening to music, talking with friends and being with my family.
I have one cat. She was 4 weeks old and in the middle of the street. When I stopped to find out what was wrong with her, she jumped inside my car engine. I carefully looked for her, but in the end, had to drive home a few blocks with her in the engine. I waited for her to come out for hours. She did, and she has been with me for many years. I am her protector.
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