Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic, Solution-focused, Strengths-based
I have worked with a myriad of individuals and families who come from various cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds and have treated issues related to interpersonal relationships, depression, anxiety, and trauma. I use different therapeutic modalities to include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and eye movement desensitization reprocessing (EMDR) to help clients achieve their individual goals.
I work best with clients who are motivated for change and committed to the journey. I believe most of the change happens outside of session. I will help you identify what is working well and what is not so that we may highlight your strengths while tackling the challenges/issues that have kept you from meeting your goals. To help motivate change, I provide homework assignments tailored to your therapeutic goals while encouraging you to try out the different skills and approaches learned in session. I am an empathetic yet direct therapist who is passionate about this work and helping you achieve your goals!
BSW - Social Work, California State University Sacramento
MSW - Social Work, California State University Sacramento
I grew up in a blended family and was always very aware of the issues and dynamics involved in my family. As such, I became interested in helping people resolve their own issues and better their lives and relationships.
I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, hiking, walking my lab, gardening, going on random road trips, traveling, trying new foods, and reading.
I take time to focus on self, even if it's just 5 minutes, sipping my coffee, or looking at the beautiful sunsets. I find ways to make internal deposits whether it be through an activity or positive thoughts.
I've never been the type to read a book twice. I don't usually watch movies twice either! That's just not me. But, I hold onto books as if they are some of my most prized possessions. I value books, everything from fiction to non fiction. I dream of one day owning a home big enough to have my very own library room.
I always said that if I did not work with people, I would work with animals. While I don't have a favorite organization/non-profit, I have great affinity for any organization that assists with the care of animals.
My recharge can be anything from a planned vacation out of the country to enjoying a couple of scoops of my favorite ice cream at home.
Shortly after getting my chocolate lab, I began training her to sit in the backseat during car rides so that we could get ice cream together. We would go to the fast food places that I knew offered a treat for dogs. When we came back home, I would eat my ice cream and she would have hers. She would then run laps around the yard from being hyped up on sugar!
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