Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Harm Reduction, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Motivational Interviewing, Prolonged Exposure, Psychodynamic, Solution-focused, Strengths-based
Anyone willing to put in the work will change and grow. I know this to be true from first-hand experience. Throughout childhood, I suffered from anxiety and depression, and in my teens, I discovered relief through substance use. I have been in long-term recovery since 2005 and continue participating in therapy.
I offer an approach built on empathic listening. My life experience and evidence-based practices guide my methodology. My background is in forensic mental health and addiction counseling. I have experience with various mental disorders but specialize in treating depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, trauma, addiction, and personality disorders.
MSW - Social Work, California State University San Bernardino
I was a musician throughout my 20s and wanted to pursue a field that allowed my creative mind to flourish. I am also in long-term recovery from substance use for the past 17 years, and I feel that the mental health field has allowed me to bring my entire self into my work.
I write music and practice martial arts. I am also a dog owner of two mini-schnauzers, and my wife and I love walking them out in nature. We live in Monterey County, California, and we have some of the most beautiful destinations within minutes of our home.
I meditate and journal often to keep my mental health in check. I practice martial arts four times weekly and regularly attend community 12-step groups.
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