Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Motivational Interviewing, Relational, Solution-focused, Strengths-based
My style of working is warm, thoughtful, and direct. I am committed to helping people discover and enhance their emotional capacity in order to live more satisfying lives. I like to incorporate ideas from various modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy although I like to tailor my approaches to each client's goals and values. My style tends to be solution-focused while being present with authenticity, empathy, and humor.
My work in the mental health field started at an agency where I had the opportunity to provide therapy and crisis support for women in abusive relationships. After my traineeship at this agency, I served a younger population (adolescents) and their families at a non-profit organization both in the community and at a crisis stabilization unit. I have also worked as a case manager and outpatient therapist at Alameda County and as a Care Advocate at Optum. I have been with Kaiser Permanente since 2015 as a psychiatric consultant in the ER setting, therapist in Oncology, and recently transitioned to a clinical supervisor role where I train and supervise pre-masters trainees. I have been a psychotherapist in a private practice setting for the last 5 years.
MA - Counseling Psychology, University of San Francisco
I pursued a career in the mental health field for a variety of reasons including learning earlier on just how beneficial therapy can be. I enrolled in a peer counseling class at my high school where I helped mediate confrontations between students and counseled my peers. This is where I saw the potential of going into this line of work in the future and how rewarding it is to help others.
During my free time, I enjoy spending time with my friends and family, traveling, checking out new restaurants, and going to the movies.
I make it a habit to go on walks outside and do daily meditations in order to support my mental and emotional well-being. Laughter is also a big way I gain joy whether that is being silly with my two kids or watching an episode of one of my favorite sitcoms/stand-up comedians' performances.
I typically recharge by surrounding myself with my loved ones which could looks like having a heart-to-heart conversation with them or playing charades. Some days though, I enjoy the simplicity of having "me time", treating myself to a nice meal or a massage.
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