Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), Psychodynamic, Solution-focused, Strengths-based
In helping people, I lean toward a strengths-based, attachment, and systems approach. I strongly believe that a significant change in one person can impact the entire system. I also believe that a cognitive approach coupled with behavioral changes is effective for many clients. I use a variety of techniques including, but not limited to: genograms (mapping family relationships), role-playing, cognitive restructuring (learning the effects of thinking differently and practicing those skills), and narrative therapy.
I believe in the power of connection. The relationships we have with others influence our health, thoughts, feelings, or stories we tell about ourselves. I am passionate about cultivating a healing connection to help individuals perceive their greatest selves and to know that they matter.
BA - Early Childhood Education, Concordia University
MA - Counseling with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy, Webster University
I maintain an active lifestyle with running, stand up paddle board, hiking or traveling. I also have a deep appreciation for the performing arts (theatre, dance, music) and recently completed the Adult Advanced Level for California's Certificate of Merit for Piano Performance. I try to keep up with my piano practice amidst a busy schedule. I enjoy cooking or entertaining for family and friends or settling down with a good book.
It is important for me to start my day with music, journal, breathe, stretch and move by way of walking or running.
Love Does and Everybody Always by Bob Goff. It is the power of saying, "yes," to something or anything that presents itself. It has encouraged flexibility of the mind and heart, ultimately showing how wonderful opportunities and enriching life lessons come when you have an open mind.
City of Hope Medical Center in Duarte, CA for cancer research and treatment. Doctors that work there are so kind and compassionate; their cutting edge research has saved countless lives since its operation began.
It's important for me to stay hydrated, eat healthily, run, connect with loved ones and rest.
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