Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy (ERP or EXRP), Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), Motivational Interviewing, Prolonged Exposure, Strengths-based
My counseling style is warm, empathetic, and collaborative. Together we will examine the areas you'd like to focus on in therapy and establish goals. I will ask for your active participation and introduce tools to help you reduce symptoms, build more positive thinking, and establish lifelong skills. I use a TEAM-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approach and integrate Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction methods into my practice. Before we finish our work together I will provide relapse prevention training so you can maintain your progress. I find the most satisfaction and joy in teaching clients tools that help empower them to achieve their goals.
BS - Business Administration, San Diego State University
MA - Counseling Psychology, Santa Clara University
I once struggled with depression and anxiety in my relationship and lacked practical communication skills. I started couples and individual therapy, which empowered me to find my voice, feel more self-confident, and communicate effectively. After that, I began graduate studies in Counseling Psychology and started learning Spanish while working with a nonprofit in the community. I l saw the great need for quality mental health care and the multiple barriers and lack of access that Spanish speakers face. This drove me toward my vision and goal to provide quality and accessible care for Spanish speakers and help reduce the stigma around such services.
I love spending time with my family, I have two young boys who are very active. I enjoy being outdoors, hiking, running, and playing soccer with my sons. Baking is a second love, I love whipping up some savory treats or baking a fresh loaf of bread. I enjoy traveling and learning about other cultures and customs.
I exercise regularly, eat healthily, and practice mindfulness in my daily routine, whether I am driving my car, cooking, brushing my teeth, or picking up my children. I also try to practice self-compassion when I fall short and make a mistake. I practice gratitude daily for the many blessings in my life.
I find I need downtime and quiet time to myself to recharge. I ensure I schedule this time out of my busy week as a parent and working. During this time I do whatever I wish—read a book, listen to music, go for a walk or run, bake, or create something new.
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