Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Harm Reduction, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Motivational Interviewing, Solution-focused, Strengths-based
My background is in Cognitive Behavioral, Solution Focused, and Trauma Informed Therapy. I have extensive experience working with clients with severe mental illness, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and developmental delays. My life’s work is about helping others improve their lives and making lasting changes toward wellness. My specialty areas include working with symptoms of depression, anxiety, grief and loss, anger management, family dynamics, and stress management.
BA - Psychology, University of California Los Angeles
MA - Clinical Psychology, Emphasis in Marriage and Family, Pepperdine University
Therapy is a natural fit for my personality. I have always been the person that people turned to talk to and I enjoy being that listening ear. I find it really rewarding to be able to help people improve their functioning and wellness.
I love and cherish my family above all else. I also love my pets and enjoy the outdoors, camping, hiking, and going to the beach.
I always take a moment to play with my animals. Each bring a different joy and they all get to have time with me every day.
The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) - I used to facilitate the Sharing and Caring portion of the monthly meeting for the San Gabriel Valley. I enjoyed being a part of the organization educating others about mental illness and participated in the annual walk every year.
I recharge by being sure that my off-time is spent doing enjoyable activities. I like to spend time with my family and schedule us to take vacations/weekend getaways every couple of months. The main point is to always to have something to look forward to. When I am feeling especially spent, I will schedule a massage and/or spend time soaking in the hot tub.
I have 7 pets currently: 3 dogs, 2 cats, 1 bunny, and 1 bearded-dragon. I have so many stories but one of my favorites is my 85-pound Golden Retriever diving in the ocean for his tennis ball and body-surfing his way back to shore.
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