Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Harm Reduction, Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic, Solution-focused
Although I am familiar with a variety of therapeutic approaches, I have a Psychodynamic orientation and my focus is to help shed a light on possible troubling relational patterns and how they may be continuing to negatively impact your life; this way, we can work on rebuilding healthier ones. I also apply Cognitive Behavioral Therapy where I help guide you in evaluating and changing how your inner narrative/thoughts influence your feelings and actions. I also Incorporate Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Internal Family Systems/Parts Work, Guided imagery, and Mindful Meditations, especially with clients with past trauma/abuse as well as generational trauma/abuse.
So depending on what you bring into therapy, I tailor my work to support you in addressing it. I have experience with young adults and adults from diverse cultural backgrounds using an integrative approach and perspective. Overall, my work emphasizes the importance of relationships, family systems, and behavioral change by utilizing evidence-based therapies.
BA - Social Ecology, University of California Irvine
MA - Clinical Psychology, Chicago Professional School of Psychology
Outside of work, one of my personal interests is to explore and partake in artistic pursuits (sketching, photography, painting, etc.). I like to carve out time to capture beautiful scenery and travel to foreign cities to visit their historical architecture, tour monuments/landmarks and get the opportunity to appreciate such landscapes. Locally, I try to go for hikes and bike rides on trails and course explore different cuisines. I also enjoy swimming and playing tennis from time to time to get a nice rush of excitement. Finally, I very much enjoy spending time with my friends and family.
One of the most recent books I have read was Attached by Amir Levine, which gave a great perspective and understanding of how one's attachment styles can impact the obtaining and maintaining of a healthy relationship.
I have worked for two non-profits organizations and found both organizations very enriching and rewarding. I have deep admiration for the staff at the Bay area organization Edgewood Center for Children and Families, whom work with children and adolescent and their families with mental health issues. I also would like to highlight Family Crisis Center in the Los Angeles County with their work with Domestic Violence victims and adopted youth in providing shelter and treatment in times of crisis.
I enjoy spending time with my kids and taking them out to explore the outdoors, different recreational parks, and planned activities. I also like to spend time playing and walking my Bull Mastiff, Ralph.
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