Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Harm Reduction, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic, Relational, Solution-focused, Strengths-based
It is my calling to help encourage people to value their personal stories. This is done by recognizing their strengths and using them for healing, recovery, finding balance, and discovering their worth.
My experience and training include Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), trauma-informed care, Motivational Interviewing, family systems therapy, Solution-Focused therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and other holistic health methodologies.
Prior to becoming a therapist, I managed a program serving severely mentally ill, homeless adults. I was privileged to support this routinely under-served population here in San Diego, giving me a renewed perspective on the value and worth of every human life. I have also had the blessing of serving and supporting victims of domestic violence, developmentally disabled adults, children with open CPS (Child Protective Services) cases, and Veterans with co-occurring disorders (mental illness and substance abuse).
BA - Psychology, University of Hartford
MS - Counseling, University of Phoenix
Mental, spiritual, and physical health has always been my passion. I thrive on learning new approaches, and techniques for attaining well-being. I love that I am able to walk alongside and guide my clients as they become more self-aware and find the power to heal. As a therapist, I have the honor of encouraging folks to recognize their worth. I believe every person's story deserves to be heard and validated. I am passionate about my faith and about helping those who desire healing in their relationship with God, themselves, and others. I create a safe space for all of my clients, regardless of where they are in their faith journey or their belief system.
Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my 4-year-old daughter. We love to dance and sing together. We enjoy cooking, eating, and sharing meals with friends and family. We love to travel, attend the theater, paint, and play with our 4lb dog named Brutus.
I am not sure it is possible for me to list just one thing. I would say my well-being is rooted in the combination of sleeping well, praying, eating healthy foods, drinking lots of water, spending time in the community, and walking outdoors.
I am a single mother of a 4-year-old and every night we read together. It is for this reason that I have read Green Eggs and Ham and Clifford the Big Red Dog over a hundred times. I am hoping to add a few new books to my repertoire soon.
At the moment, the first organization that comes to mind is Thrivent. They are a financial institution that helps people reduce their stress by providing expert guidance and education in areas such as investments, estate planning, retirement, and budgeting, as well as generosity, and giving. The American culture tends to put a lot of focus on attaining financial success without actually providing the proper guidance, tools, and education to do so. Over the years, Thrivent has provided me with exceptional customer service and it is for this reason that I feel completely comfortable referring my friends and family to Thrivent.
I recharge by setting and keeping effective boundaries. I make sure to incorporate self-care into all of my days. I give myself grace and allow for mistakes and learning opportunities.
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