Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Solution-focused, Strengths-based
My work with people in the past couple of years has brought a newfound appreciation for the human experience and has deepened my desire to provide everyone with a space to be seen. I have been fortunate enough to work with people of all ages, and it has taught me that when given the opportunity, each person is able to step into the best version of themselves even when their circumstances are difficult. At the core of our being, we all long to be connected, whether that is with others in relationships or with ourselves.
My experience has allowed me to work predominantly with adults who have experienced depression, self-harm, anxiety, postpartum depression, relationship issues, work/life balance, adjustment disorders, and trauma (including various forms of abuse and violence). My primary focus after assessment will be to create goals that are specific, attainable, and measurable so that you will be able to recognize your progress within our work. My approach to therapy is client-centered and I aim to always provide a safe and nonjudgmental space to encourage and invite expression through art, writing, and other creative outlets. Whether this is your first time or if you are returning, I look forward to joining you as you embrace the gift that is therapy.
BA - Sociology, California State University Dominguez Hills
MA - Clinical Psychology, Pepperdine University
I enjoy slowness, but there is something extra special about slow mornings. Because life can easily become so busy, I find that taking the time to place myself in the best headspace can set the tone for the entirety of my day.
I am a big fan of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) since first learning about it in graduate school. This national network originally began as a grassroots group by family members that had loved ones diagnosed with mental illness. NAMI is an excellent source of support through its resources that help target people of various backgrounds.
As much as I love to be up to date with the latest shows and movies, my favorite way to recharge is through journaling and reading. I usually like to write a recap of my day, including what I did, people I saw, and how I felt. In terms of reading, I'm a big fan of fiction, particularly fantasy fiction. Some books on my TBR list right now are The Daughter of Doctor Moreau by Silvia Moreno-Garcia, The Book of Night by Holly Black, Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.
I have a 4-year-old Siamese-mix cat named KiKi! My favorite pet story is how she became a part of our family: She was discovered by my sister at a local shelter when she was about six weeks old. The shelter was holding a "lottery" of sorts and I tagged along to see if I'd have a chance to possibly add a much-needed pet to my home. I was meeting the kittens and when I saw Kiki it was love at first sight. She has the most expressive blue eyes and that was enough to win me over in seconds. I was fortunate to have arrived early enough to have my preferred pick and soon Kiki was home. On rare occasion, she may make an appearance (when she is feeling sneaky), so if she does let me know if you want to say hi!
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