Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), Harm reduction, Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), Motivational interviewing (MI), Solution-focused, Strengths-based
We are all human and experience the struggles of life, but having a support person and therapist in your life to be by your side during these times can make it a lot easier. I genuinely enjoy getting to know people and cherish this time with my clients. I feel energized and motivated by my conversations with clients, the emotional exchanges that take place, and learning about each other’s backgrounds. Many therapists get into this field because they can relate to a client’s experiences, and I am one of those therapists. Often people come to therapy due to stressors in their life, which we can process together, but this doesn’t mean we can’t share a few laughs and a good cry along the way. I will always stay true to what I believe a great therapist should embody – being a good listener, truly listening to the client’s goals, collaborating with them, and doing it in a very open-minded and non-judgmental manner.
The client’s happiness, comfort level, and goals are the main priority for me in therapy. I know it can be scary for some people to reach out to a therapist, but once that first step is taken, clients realize how beneficial, supportive, and comfortable it can be! Most people, at one time or another, experience depression, frustrations, anxiety, feeling hopeless, anxiety, feelings of anger/irritability, etc. but these can often be lessened and decreased when a person feels listened to, validated, and given guidance/care and support. I realize people come from all walks of life and have been in many positions where I can provide support to many different individuals!
I have a special interest background in grief and bereavement from working in hospice care and in the hospital setting. I have a lot of experience in the mental health field and enjoy working with and supporting anyone experiencing stress related to depression, anxiety, concerns around mood instability, etc. I also have a background working with LGBTQ individuals and offer a safe space for support around any stressors related to this.
BA - Psychology, San Diego State University
MA - Social Work, Sacramento State University
Certificate - Child Abuse & Trauma, Domestic Violence, Suicide & Crisis Training, Gerontology
I am a huge traveler and backpacker. I have been to over 25 countries and it is my passion to meet new people and experience new cultures. I love anything adventurous. Some of my favorite hobbies are being with my dog who is an Australian Labradoodle, listening to music and being at the beach, and spending time with family and friends. I live close to the beach and enjoy just being by the beach and talking walks with my dog. I'm also a huge movie person and can binge a lot of TV shows when I'm at home relaxing!
I take time to reflect and realize that I am human and not every day and everything will go as planned. I take time to have compassion towards myself and appreciate my work by engaging in one of my hobbies or surrounding myself by people that accept this and truly care about being there for me!
I love Shantaram! I love the philosophy and meaning intertwined throughout the novel, and I also love the adventure that the main character takes and his embarkment on his life path and adventure. I love to travel and experience new things, and this book embodies having courage to experience and have openness to these adventures in life.
Wounded Warriors or anything related to supporting the veteran population. My dad is a purple heart veteran and I connect to this population for all that they sacrifice. I have a very personal connection to this population!
I recharge by allowing my self to take breaks at home and relax, be lazy. I also recharge by surrounding myself with people I love and trust. I think working out and getting outside in some capacity can be a major recharge as well!
I have an Australian Labradoodle who I love dearly! She was a present from my fiancee for Christmas. I got her during COVID and she embodies positivity, endless love and can make simple things fun. She was the light during a challenging time in our world during COVID, and shows that you can find positivity in any difficult times or life challenges.
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