Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic, Relational, Strengths-based
I have a warm, strength-based, and integrative style that allows my clients to be their full authentic selves in search of meeting their full potential. Clients often describe me as non-judgmental, empathetic, and collaborative in treating their identified goals.
MA - Counseling Psychology, John F. Kennedy University
At an early age, I learned how to resolve conflicts effectively through active listening, curiosity, and a commitment to show care for others. I am passionate about making a difference in the world through guidance, insight, and non-judgmental insights to help individuals in their darkest moments.
I love to travel, cook, sing in my choir, and spend quality time with friends, family, and my husband and 2 cats, Loke and Mocha. I am also a big sports fan and love watching the SF Giants, Golden State Warriors, and Denver Broncos. I love going on my Hydrow (rowing machine), being a Beach Body member, and hiking in nature. A fun fact about me is I am a Magic Key Holder and love Disneyland and DCA. Another fun fact is I am a certified open-water PADI scuba diver.
I enjoy daily meditations, listening to music, and taking vacations on a quarterly basis. I am also spiritually inclined so meditating and attending church has helped me feel connected to community. I am also a firm believer in receiving my own personal and professional growth so I have worked with an executive coach and a therapist well. Finally, I find having creative and artistic outlets gives me confidence so cooking, writing poetry, and writing in my journal on a daily basis has helped support my mental well-being too.
I love the book To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee and The Gifts of Imperfection by Dr. Brené Brown. These books have continued to inform and inspire me at various times of my life. I find both books to continue teaching me how to live a life of integrity, equity, and equality. I also practice a mindset and heart-set of being an ally and advocate, and showing up on a daily basis recognizing growth begins with me.
I love being a member of Postpartum Support International. I have found a welcoming, warm, and supportive group of professionals dedicated to improving the lives of parents and families. PSI is a place of great advocacy and change on multiple levels, whether within the community, the state, or globally. The mission of Postpartum Support International is to promote awareness, prevention, and treatment of mental health issues related to childbearing in every country worldwide.
I recharge in nature, travel, and take vacations. I also like to go back to the basics of getting a good night's rest, followed by balanced meals, adequate breaks, stretching, connections with friends, and bonding time with my husband. Kitty cuddling can also be an added bonus to recharging as well.
I have two adorable cats that my husband and I adopted from the Sunshine Animal Rescue Group (Hayward, CA), Loke who is 12 years young, and Mocha who is 10 years young. My favorite pet story is that although Loke and Mocha were not litter mates, after 2 weeks of attempting to bond them, one day Mocha got out of the child safety gate, walked right over to Loke, pushed her nose right against his (keep in mind that for the last couple weeks, Loke was hissing at her whenever he saw her) and they began best friends ever since. On a nightly basis, they can be found sleeping peacefully next to one another.
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