Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Couples [Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy (ICBT)], Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Harm Reduction, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic, Solution-focused, Strengths-based
I believe in creating a therapeutic environment, which is essential for an individual to be able to express their concerns without judgment. This allows the individual the opportunity to come to an inviting place where one can speak openly and freely about concerns and/or struggles. As a therapist, I assist clients with developing their individualized goals and offer tools that can be implemented in their lives. My goal is to offer guidance and support, so clients can take steps to become the healthiest version of themselves.
My work with clients focuses on fostering flexibility, authenticity, and healthy boundaries. I take a diverse therapeutic approach incorporating multiple models, e.g., Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Psychodynamics.
MSW - Social Work, California State University, Bakersfield
I became a mental health professional when I was discriminated against at a young age due to being a teenage parent. I was alienated from my peers and asked by a school counselor and principal to leave due to fear that other young girls would also want to become teenage mothers. I wanted to break the stereotype that you can succeed despite being a young parent.
I enjoy spending time with my adult children (when they come to visit), being with my husband, and traveling and also spending time at home.
I support my mental and emotional well-being by going on walks daily with my husband to decompress and talk about our day. This allows me the opportunity to not only spend time with him but allows me to be present with nature and to remind myself that I too need to focus on self-care.
I am privileged to be a contracted provider for a non-profit called 911 at Ease. This non-profit provides mental health services (free of charge) to first responders and their immediate families. This is a wonderful organization that I feel honored to be a part of because my father was a police officer and my husband is a former Deputy D.A.
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