Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic, Relational, Strengths-based
Through my internships in graduate school, and continuing after graduation, I worked with children and adolescents through foster care, Child Protective Services, outpatient individual therapy, a non-public school setting, and community based mental health treatment in the family's home and in a group home setting. I successfully earned my license as a Marriage and Family Therapist in August 2005, and began working with adults with severe mental health challenges in 2007. I continued this role through August 2022, when I decided to retire and return to private practice.
Throughout my clinical career, my approach and therapeutic style emphasizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Attachment Theory methods to provide supportive treatment to children, adolescents, and adults. Practicing as a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist for over 17 years provided me with a wealth of experience in treatment with individuals, couples, families, and groups. I am highly motivated for treatment of my clients. I find my extensive history as a LMFT to be highly rewarding, and I continue to focus on my professional growth to provide comprehensive support to those in which I am fortunate in supporting through therapy.
MA - Counseling Psychology, John F. Kennedy University
I became a mental health professional initially to provide support to others experiencing challenges with anxiety, stress, and depression. As I developed professionally, I discovered my need to understand myself personally and professionally, which I believe strengthened my continuing motivation to be my best as a therapist.
My interests outside of work focuses on self-care. I enjoy traveling, socializing with friends, and visiting new locations throughout the State of California. My self-care skills are at its best when my amazing wife and daughter are with me.
A specific activity that supports my mental and emotional well-being focuses on my ability to 'take off the different hats' I wear daily. When I provide therapy services, I wear my 'psychotherapist hat.' When I go on a lunch date with my wife, I wear my 'husband hat.' When I play with my daughter, I wear my 'daddy hat.' I work hard to know when to take off one hat, and put on another based on what I want to do each day.
Social engagement is my best way to recharge. It takes effort to separate my professional and personal self. The best way I can do this is become a 'social butterfly.' I participate in fun activities with my family, visit with friends, and any activity that provides me with a new adventure. I want to live for experiences in my life.
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