Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Solution-focused, Strengths-based
With specialized training in the areas of trauma, anxiety disorders, and family systems I actively address the underlying issues and focus on developing awareness to enhance increased skill and confidence. Combining mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in my approach, I focus on challenging negative thought patterns while assisting clients as they increase mindful awareness and acceptance. My approach is collaborative with the intention of illuminating my client's internal resources while uncovering the fear and anxiety that keeps them from living life with meaning.
It is my belief that our thoughts and inner dialog can trigger depression and anxiety while interfering with our self-awareness, possibilities, and our unique potential. By discovering the negative thoughts and underlying beliefs that cause suffering, I help my clients understand their personal power for change and then break free of the negative and limiting chatter that keeps them stuck. Using mindfulness and meditative techniques in addition to traditional talk therapy we focus on understanding, self-acceptance, and choice as a way to embrace personal responsibility and move toward the life they truly desire.
MS - Counseling, California State University, Fullerton
It is a passion of mine to help people learn that they have the power to change their lives and to discover how they can make effective changes to live the life they desire.
When I am not working I spend my time with family, friends, and my pet Rue. I am an avid reader and incorporated health and fitness into my daily life. I love to experience new cultures through travel, food, and music.
In addition to a healthy diet and exercise, I believe in the power of meditation and journaling, which are a part of my daily routine. I reach out to friends and family daily to stay connected and to get support.
Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl. The story of choice and perseverance is inspiring and consistent with my philosophical beliefs.
When Things Fall Apart and Living Beautifully with Uncertainty and Change by Pema Chodron. Her words are also consistent with my belief about acceptance and choice. I have Re-read all three (in addition to others) because they help keep me mindful and keep the ideas fresh.
I began my journey as an MFT at Casa Youth Shelter. Casa is a short-term shelter for youth in crisis and their families. I began as an MFT trainee in practicum and over the span of 20 years worked my way into the Program and Clinical Director position. I stayed at CYS due to the mission and the organizational culture.
I spend as much time as I can in my garden, playing ball with my dog (who also works with me as a therapy dog), and nurturing the many wild birds who choose to inhabit my garden. The space and tranquility of my garden bring me joy and allow me the downtime to recharge when necessary
Currently, I have a dog named Rue. Rue chose me when I was working at the shelter. She was 4 months old and was brought in by one of the clients. They were looking for a home and she walked over to me and laid down at my feet. Since then she has been with me daily in my office. She brings comfort and joy to my clients who often greet her and spend several moments with her before they acknowledge I am in the room. She is truly my companion.
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