Emotionally focused therapy (EFT), Harm reduction, Motivational interviewing (MI), Psychodynamic, Relational, Solution-focused, Strengths-based
My experience as a therapist has taken me to diverse settings and introduced me to many different people, from small children to older adults. Along the way, I have learned that no one approach to therapy will work for everyone. Instead, I strive to establish a strong relationship with my clients by meeting them where they are. Together, we explore the unique challenges that brought them to therapy. Together, we zero in on desired therapeutic goals and lay out a fresh path toward positive change.
My recent work has focused on supporting adults struggling with co-occurring mental health and substance use challenges. These times of Covid have left people more stressed than ever. Some have turned to unhealthy choices as a means to cope. I have worked with them to develop insight into how their present challenges may be fueling their substance abuse.
The one aspect of my work that remains unchanged, no matter who sits opposite me in therapy, is my strong desire to fill each and every session with genuine empathy. From this foundation, I strive to create a safe space, a place of hope, for those who seek my help.
MS - Counseling (focus on Marriage and Family Therapy), California State University, Northridge
I believe everyone deserves to have someone in their corner. As a therapist, I get the opportunity to support people and create a safe space for them to speak about their present challenges and difficult past experiences. I feel great gratitude that I am able to be of service to people working to make meaningful changes in their lives.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). NAMI works to reduce the stigma that those struggling with their mental health face. Shame and guilt often cause people to suffer alone. Organizations like NAMI provide a path to support and community.
Being in nature with the sun shining on my face. Los Angeles has plenty of sun and no shortage of hiking trails to explore the outdoors.
We have a dog named Eddie. Eddie was a rescue dog that we adopted during the initial days of the Covid Pandemic. His love really helped our family ride out the challenges of those difficult days.
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