Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Couples [The Gottman Method], Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Psychodynamic, Solution-focused, Strengths-based
I previously worked as a pastor before becoming a therapist. I earned a master's degree in theology and was pursuing a doctoral degree when I realized the people I worked with didn't need theology per see, as much as they needed assistance managing relationships. Everything is about relationships, with oneself, with our environment, family, work, play, passions, pleasures, and those with whom we build our life. If I was to pursue helping people realize their potential and feel aligned with what is meaningful to them theology wouldn't be the route, so I left my program and completed training as a marriage family therapist. I started my career in substance use, then worked intensive programs within Los Angeles County CA for adults, youth, and families. I moved to Bakersfield as part of the initial team opening the first Admission, Evaluation, and Stabilization center in CA and received additional training in forensic facilities/treatment for incompetence to stand trial and sex offenses. I worked as a remote therapist for several years (prior to the pandemic) and eventually took over the outpatient wing of a psychiatric hospital. After several months I was promoted to director for all clinical services inpatient and outpatient of a 90-bed psychiatric hospital where I have worked for the past two years.
MA - Marriage and Family Therapy, Touro University
I enjoy taking the journey toward self-discovery with others.
I love learning, travel, music and art. I love to write.
I enjoy journaling and music.
A glass of good wine, a cigar, and a couple of hours to write.
I have a white German Shepherd named Marcus Aurelius, he's a ball of energy!
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