Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), Exposure and response prevention therapy (ERP or EXRP), Harm reduction, Interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT), Motivational interviewing (MI), Psychodynamic, Strengths-based, Relational
I am a warm and compassionate therapist that strives to provide a safe place where clients can feel comfortable expressing their most vulnerable thoughts. I believe in empowering and challenging my clients to reach their goals. As a therapist, I work collaboratively with clients in recognizing the change they want, identifying the obstacles that are holding them back, and creating a plan for change. I come from a diverse background of skills and knowledge. I believe humor and laughing can be healing as well as validating experiences, and empathy. I enjoy the individuality of each client that I cross paths with and deeply respect the journey every client goes through in therapy. I am honored to be a part of that journey.
BA - Clinical Psychology, Humboldt State University
MA - Clinical Psychology, John F. Kennedy University
Internship - LGBTQ Community Therapy, Pacific Center for Human Growth
Externship - LGBTQ Youth Group, Project Eden, Horizon Services
I enjoy surfing, working out, bike riding, traveling (internationally when possible), watching movies, and brain teaser/riddle books.
I hydrate with water throughout the day and I take at least 10 minutes to decompress, breathe deeply, and shut my eyes.
Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss. My sister and I would read this book to each other growing up all the time. It still makes me laugh when I think about how many times we probably read that book. Somehow we found it amusing. It probably had to do with me being a picky eater and my dad always telling me to at least try the food once to find out if I like it or not. He would always say that I would never know unless I tried. I ended up trying many things although I have never had green eggs and ham.
There are many ways in which I recharge depending on what I am recharging from. I can take a solid 10-15 minute cat nap and feel wide awake and ready to go. I enjoy baking, which feels very meditative and gives me energy. A brisk surf session can be invigorating and help me feel grounded and recharged. Sometimes something as simple as a good long hug can be recharging to me.
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