I believe in self-actualization and I am an advocate for personal growth. Learning more about ourselves through the development of insight on our triggers and stressors can help us take our life back, especially when feeling out of control. Throughout my individual work with clients, I take an approach to therapy that is both patient and honest in nature. I like to describe my therapeutic style as empowering, open-minded, and warm. I challenge my clients in a respectful and safe environment, with client-identified goals leading the journey.
I have 7+ years of experience working with children, teens, adults, and families with trauma backgrounds along with symptoms of depression and anxiety. I have had the privilege of providing therapy in community settings such as clients' homes and schools, as well as at a re-entry program. I believe that everyone deserves to be treated with respect, regardless of one's background or how one identifies. I truly enjoy being able to help others develop self-awareness and self-confidence while encouraging them to stay true to themselves.
Training - Cognitive-Behavioral Techniques for Educators (Feb 2017) Master's Degree - Social Work, University of Long Beach (May 2017)
I became a mental health professional so that I could help others learn more about themselves and why they do the things they do. Throughout my education, this field has also benefitted me on a personal level as I have been able to gain an understanding of my own triggers (we all have them) as well as embrace and practice self-love.
I love learning which I may pursue through documentaries, books, podcasts, or YouTube videos. I enjoy going to the gym and hiking, as well as spending time with family, friends, and my partner. I like traveling and trying new things, from vegetarian/vegan foods to parasailing and kickboxing.
I do my best to make it to the gym every day or at least get some sort of physical activity in. When I start my mornings with a workout, I've noticed that it sets a positive tone for the day ahead.
As of lately, I usually recharge by taking time for myself. This may include watching something on Netflix, listening to music, being out in nature, or going on a weekend getaway with my partner.
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