Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Insomnia (CBT-i), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Harm Reduction, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic, Relational, Solution-focused, Strengths-based
When people are challenged with changes that affect the ability to manage stressors, there comes a time for positive change and support. I am passionate about focusing on the healing process, whether it involves the challenges of exploring maladaptive behaviors or the triggers of trauma. I help my clients, who include children, adults, and families to find healthy coping mechanisms and self-autonomy which will lead to positive perceptions. This, in turn, creates personal identification and self-worth, thus creating healthy relationships.
I have been in the field of social services for the past 26 years and practicing therapy for the past 10 years with extensive and diverse work with children and adults. There is not one single approach for each individual, so I have trained in different modalities to tailor to the needs of those seeking help. This includes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-focused therapy, Narrative Therapy, background with trauma focused approach, Seeking Safety (modality for trauma and substance abuse) training, anger management, and play therapy for children. The therapeutic relationship is essential in the beginning stages of sessions because my purpose is to assist the individual in therapy to change his or her life for the better. This involves developing trust, respect, and congruence with empathy and genuineness.
MSW - Social Work, Loma Linda University
I wanted to provide support for those challenged by emotional issues related to trauma and other impactful events in one's life. My passion stems from my own life and family experiences.
I enjoy outdoor activities like going to the mountains or beach, amusement parks, sporting events, concerts, date nights with spouse, and traveling.
I exercise (work out) in my home gym.
I have a dog named Raider. I stepped out of my office 12 years ago and my coworker handed me this puppy and he was black with white undercoat. I looked at him and he looked like a Raider.
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