Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), Harm reduction, Interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT), Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), Motivational interviewing (MI), Solution-focused
I have experienced the complexities of family relationships, stress and anxiety, grief and loss, phase of life changes, work-related issues, motivation, self-esteem, adjustment disorders, and of course persistent diagnoses as well such as depression. I am compassionate about how we experience the world as an individual and as a collective. I am a person-centered therapist who uses an integrated approach to therapy. Even though I pull knowledge from all theories and practices, I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused-Brief Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy Mindfulness Practices and some Family Systems Therapy.
MS - Counseling Psychology, Marriage and Family Therapy, California Lutheran University
When I am not offering sessions I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I take daily walks, enjoy hiking, site seeing, going to the movies, and cooking.
I walk daily while I engage in my spiritual practices and beliefs.
I have read and referenced The Mindful Therapist many times. I enjoy the combination of research and science-based evidence for certain therapy practices.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is my favorite non-profit organization. I really enjoyed attending NAMI meetings and NAMI 5k with my clients. I think NAMI provides so many resources to those with chronic mental and behavioral health issues as well as for the general public and individuals who support loved ones in recovery.
I recharge during my daily walks as well as finding fun and interesting shows to stream.
I have two cats that are brothers and rescued from the East Valley Animal Shelter. I love that my cats keep me on time. I find I do not need an alarm because they will tell me when the sun is up or I have missed treat time. One of my favorite parts of the day is cuddling with one or both kitties.
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