Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), Gottman method couples therapy
My passion is to help others experience healing, find their power within themselves, and have a fulfilling life on their terms. My therapeutic approach is warm, empowering, and collaborative.
I have many years' experience using CBT with individuals who experience depression, anxiety, burnout/stress, PTSD, anger issues, relationship issues, and more. I enjoy being part of the "aha" moments where individuals notice unhelpful thought and how these thoughts are connected to the feelings and behaviors they experience. I help individuals learn new ways of thinking, develop greater confidence in their abilities, and use problem solving skills to cope with difficult situations.
I have several years' experience using DBT with individuals who experience depression, anxiety, and other issues. With DBT, I assist help individuals to manage painful emotions, conflicts in relationships, better manage anxiety, and better manage depression with new skills such as distress tolerance (increase tolerance to uncomfortable or distressing emotions), mindfulness (accept/be in the present moment), emotion regulation, (manage and change intense emotions), and interpersonal skills (assertive communication and strengthen relationships).
I received training in EMDR and I have experience treating other individuals using EMDR. I assist individuals with accessing and processing traumatic memories and other adverse life experiences to increase functional behaviors and resolution of symptoms.
BA - Psychology, California State University Long Beach
MS - Counseling with Emphasis on Marriage, Family, Child Therapy, University of Phoenix
I love to walk, hike, paint, roller skate, read, spend time with family, shop, attend concerts, or comedy shows, and pamper myself at home (mani, pedi, etc).
Laughing helps support my mental and emotional well-being, whether that is watching funny baby or cat videos on YouTube, watching a great comedy on TV, or laughing with someone.
I recharge by taking a rest day where I do nothing, take a drive (I love to drive too) for the day, or go away for the weekend.
Racial and gender equity is a cause that I'm passionate about.