Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-i), Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), Emotionally focused therapy (EFT), Gottman method couples therapy, Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), Motivational interviewing (MI), Relational, Solution-focused, Strengths-based
I specialize in the treatment of relationship therapy for individuals, couples, and families. I also specialize in chronic illness, chronic pain, body image, eating disorders, trauma, depression, anxiety disorders, life transitions, and many more presenting concerns. I will work collaboratively with you to move through challenges while uncovering your strengths and potential, so you may lead a more meaningful and integrated life. I offer a strength-based approach to help you access your resilience and find balance in your mind and body.
MA - Marriage and Family Therapy, University of San Diego
It is hard to imagine myself doing something outside of being a therapist. From as far back as I can remember, friends and family have always come to me for support and solutions to their problems. It is essential to be a good listener. From a young age, I was sensitive and in tune with others' needs and feelings. My desire to help people overcome obstacles led me to become a mental health therapist. I enjoy using my empathy, compassion, and skills to support others during challenging times in their lives.
Helping people improve their emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being is meaningful to me personally and professionally. I am invested in keeping up-to-date with the best therapeutic tools, technics, and interventions to support the well-being of my clients. I value every person I collaborate with and connect with as a therapist. My hope is to have a positive impact on the lives I touch. Life can be challenging, difficult, and lonely. My promise to you as your therapist is to provide you with a safe space to be yourself and know that you will be accepted and celebrated for who you are as a human being.
One of my favorite books is The Velveteen Principles: A Guide to Becoming Real; Hidden Wisdom from a Children's Classic. It's a small book and a quick read. This book is geared toward adults yet is based on the childhood fairy tale The Velveteen Rabbit. The book is written by Toni Raiten-D'Antonio, a professor of psychology. The book is motivational and inspirational and discusses what being "Real" really means.
The Truth 365 gives a voice to childhood cancer fighters, survivors, angels, and their families. The Truth 365 is the Emmy Award-winning documentary and social media campaign that gives a voice to children and their families fighting cancer and their families. It was launched in 2012 by the Arms Wide Open Childhood Cancer Foundation in collaboration with several childhood cancer foundations, families, and advocates. The Truth 365’s goals are to advocate for childhood cancer fighters, survivors, angels, siblings, and parents while increasing awareness of childhood cancer awareness. The organization helps using the childhood cancer community and enlists the help of the public and our elected representatives.
One of its missions is to help fund less toxic and more effective cancer treatments and make childhood cancer a national priority by advocating for more federal, state, and private funding research. This origination is important to me as it puts real faces and names to childhood cancer. Sadly, childhood cancer gets less than 4% of funding right now for medical research.
The Truth 365 social media campaign and documentary share the harsh reality of childhood cancer. While this is hard to see and watch it is it shows the reality of childhood cancer. While there are many good stories to share there are also hear-breaking stories that help raise awareness. I have worked with many clients and families impacted by cancer and other serious illness. I have a lot of compassion for anyone encountering a serious or life-threatening illness. One of my specialties is working with chronic illness, chronic pain, & medical trauma.
I recharge by focusing on my emotional, physical, social, & spiritual well-being. I try to make sure that I get an abundance of fruits and vegetables each day. I aim to get a least 96oz of water a day, which does wonders for my energy. I love to take daily walks outside, especially when the weather is nice outside. I have a goal of getting between 30-60 minutes of exercise daily. One of my favorite ways to recharge is to curl up with a good book. You can find me reading books related to psychology self-growth, along with a good mystery. One of my favorite ways to recharge is by connecting with friends or family. Practicing mindfulness has a positive impact on my day. I find it valuable to keep a gratitude journal. When my days are super busy; it is important for me to take mini breaks throughout the day. By taking out for myself, I can be more present with others. I aim to get 7-8. Hours of sleep each night. Sleeping does wonders for my well-being and energy levels.
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