Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Couples [Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy (ICBT)], Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Relational, Solution-focused, Strengths-based
My clinical orientations are Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (Act). Over the past several years, my professional progress focused on helping individuals and couples with trauma-related issues, anxiety, depression, relational troubles, self-worth, occupation problems, and more.
I also have a multicultural background and speak multiple languages. Before making the Bay Area my home in 2007, I traveled and lived worldwide, learning from people of diverse cultures. During my long and storied journey over many years in multiple countries, I've cultivated a unique skill set and mastery of connecting with people with various backgrounds, beliefs, and sexual orientations and helping them with anxiety, depression, past traumas, relationship problems, grief and loss, and personal growth.
I blend expertise and intuition, drawing from a wide-ranging toolkit to creatively meet each client's personality, interests, and goals. I view therapy as a unique opportunity to understand oneself more deeply and achieve the changes one wants in life by supporting them access their inborn power to turn moments of uncertainty into perceptive clarity.
I believe in the healing power of psychotherapy; a warm, caring relationship; and room to grow in the individual's unique direction to experience deeper connection and congruity in their relationships and career, increased feelings of self-assurance, and a complete sense of fulfillment in their life. I help people explore what is standing in the way of having a pleasant and fulfilling life so they can move through past experiences and increase their ability to respond to current situations instead of reacting or using unhealthy coping methods.
MA - Counseling Psychology, John F. Kennedy University
Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my family. I love being a mother and relish spending time with my two children and my dog and engaging with them. In addition, I do art, including acrylic painting. I also meditate daily, first thing in the morning, play tennis twice a week and on the weekends and run about four miles daily. I am also an avid reader; I enjoy reading about different subjects; academic, classic, historical, psychological, and sometimes fictional books.
I have read The Power of Now by Eckart Tolle three times already, and I am sure I will reread it many times more because I look at this book as a toolkit and an excellent reminder on how to live my life fully present and engaged.
Suicide and Crisis Center (SACS). I worked as a suicide counselor volunteer at this place and received my training in Suicide and Crisis Intervention. I appreciate and admire the humanitarian work the counselors and management do daily their sense of commitment and care, and the SACS's well-organized establishment. Counselors and managers passionately support people in emotional pain and crisis 24 hours/ 7 days weekly.
SACS also provides weekly support groups for survivors of suicide or individuals who struggle with suicidal thoughts. Furthermore, SACS provides grief support for individuals or groups who lost loved ones because of suicide.
SACs also recently started collaborating with Emergency Departments to provide referrals to resources and follow-up services to patients who received treatment at EDs for self-harm injuries.
I recharge by engaging with and connecting with my family, being in touch with nature through daily runs, and taking my walk for daily stroll. Lastly, I have daily half-hour to one hour quiet moments to practice mindfulness and meditation to recharge after walking up and at the end of the day.
I have a 1.5-old golden retriever named Charlotte; we call her Charlie. Charlie is such a sweet dog with zero amount of aggression in him. I love how she engages with my little son and how patient and delicate she is with him. But at the same time, she is also jealous of any attention he receives, especially my husband and me. Whenever we go toward him to kiss, hug or play with him, she rushes to get in between us and tries to get us to play with her instead; she brings us all her toys and balls. She acts so funnily in these situations that even my son starts laughing at her instead of getting angry.
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