Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
I believe there can sometimes be a disconnection between what logically makes sense and what emotionally feels true, and part of therapy can be exploring this disconnection and help aid in a further understanding of our sense of self. I believe that therapy can help normalize the human experience and find healthy and sustainable ways to manage discomfort.
BA - Psychology, San Jose State University
MS - Clinical Psychology, San Jose State University
Growing up, I saw what it was for someone close to me struggle with mental health and did not have the resources to receive support. It was hard to see and knew that there wasn't much I could do at that time. I am a firm believer that no one should have to suffer alone. I realized early on that I wanted to be that person to support them through their process.
My biggest hobby is my car. I have a pink manual Subaru WRX named Nicky. I find it therapeutic to drive windy roads or cruise down PCH 1 along the coast. I enjoy learning about my car and try to do all the maintenance myself.
The Happiness Trap: How to Stop Struggling and Start Living by Russ Harris is a book that I have read a few times. This book uses the theory of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy in order to address how we cause ourselves pain and suffering by believing the goal in life is "to be happy" and how this causes more harm than anything else. He talks about what Acceptance and Commitment therapy is and how people can implement these concepts to their everyday life. It's a super easy read and a great way to explain Acceptance and Commitment Therapy concepts/ interventions.
I have two cats, Baloo and Roxy and they crack me up. Roxy likes to hang out in the bathroom sink so that I can give her fresh water, likes to sleep in the dryer if I accidentally leave the door open, enjoys cardboard box "sleigh" rides, and loves having her belly rubbed. Baloo is a huge cuddle bug and loves to cuddle with me every night.
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