Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Relational, Solution-focused, Strengths-based
My therapeutic approach is individualized to meet each client’s needs while being culturally sensitive. I place immense value on the importance of the therapeutic relationship and provide a safe space for clients to feel understood, challenged, and empowered without feeling judged. I utilize multiple modalities to help manage and cope with many symptoms the client may be experiencing. I also assist clients in increasing their self-esteem, forming healthy relationships and boundaries, healing from trauma, and much more. My goal is to address the core of what is causing their struggles so that they can live fulfilling lives.
MA - Clinical Psychology, Pepperdine University
I became a mental health professional because I have always had an immense desire to help others who are struggling emotionally. I wanted to understand and help others find healthier ways of coping with their mental health issues. I have always been the person my family and friends go to when they need to talk. I truly enjoy helping others with their personal challenges, helping ease emotional burdens, and empowering people to achieve healthier minds. With a new mindset, patients can pursue new ways to live in both their professional and personal lives.
I enjoy spending quality time with my family, and friends, hiking, going for walks, swimming, going to the beach, traveling, baking, cooking, watching movies, going to concerts, and cleaning.
Meditating, music, and exercising.
There are many books I have read more than once but most recently I have read: The Power of Letting Go twice. I like to continue learning and keeping up with mental health and I thought it was important to read this book as many of the patients I see have a tough time "letting go" of things in their lives such as past hurt, anger, expectations, etc.
NAMI: Because they want to make this world a better place for people living with mental illness by providing advocacy, education, support, and public awareness. It is important to have organizations like NAMI, so that people living with mental illness and those that are not, don't have to feel alone. They can become more educated or support their loved ones that are living with mental illness, have a place to go to get the support they need regardless of what mental health issue they are facing in their lives, and not feel like they are the only one facing the issues they are.
I like to plan self-care days for myself to recharge. I believe it is very important to do this so we don't feel burned out. I love what I do and enjoy making a difference in my patients' lives. But it is important we also take care of ourselves so we can be the best version of ourselves when we are working with our patients. On my self-care days, I enjoy doing things that make me feel calm and happy such as taking a meditation class, going on a hike, enjoying a nice lunch, or getting a massage, just to name a few.
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