Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-focused
In therapy, you have the opportunity to address challenges and struggles while learning effective coping skills in a non-judging environment. I assist you by providing a non-biased perspective and together we develop goals that are reasonable and achievable. As a mental health professional, I have had the remarkable opportunity over the last 15 years to work with diverse populations and a wide range of clients which include adults, couples, and families. I am here to walk alongside you on your journey, together we can work at moving from "surviving" to "thriving."
I am a Facilitator for Prepare/Enrich pre-marital counseling and I provide individual, family and group counseling through the Victims of Crime Program (VOC), and EAP. Furthermore, I currently am a Clinical member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.
BA - Clinical Psychology, California State University Long Beach
MA - Clinical Psychology, Azusa Pacific University
When I was in high school I noticed I was the friend that all the other friends came to when they needed to talk to someone. It seemed natural and something I enjoyed. Going back even further, in middle school I signed up to be a peer counselor to be of support to fellow students who needed someone to talk with outside of their school counselor. I guess it's safe to say it's been a part of me before I was able to recognize it!
I love physical activity, running has become my big interest over the last few years, and taking on marathons in different states and cities is a new passion. I also love to dance as this is something I started at an early age and have since been able to pass on our cultural tradition of Mexican Folklorico to my daughters.
I make sure to exercise on a daily basis!! If I'm not running, I am at the gym working out. I also make sure to give myself 5-10 minutes of quiet in the middle of the day, I practice deep breathing and use that time to reflect on the day.
I enjoy spending time with my family watching movies, going to the movies, going on walks, or visiting theme parks. I love being able to be spontaneous and go on adventures spur of the moment, that might mean making a trip to the La Brea Tar Pitts or checking out the newest local restaurant, sometimes that means going for an ice cream or donut run!
I was fortunate to grow up on a mini farm that includes a pony named Pepper, chickens, rabbits, dogs, and a goat named Annie. As a child, our pet goat was extremely protective of my father and one day when he and I were standing next to one another she came up from behind and charged me with her horns. Now, having a family of my own we have a loveable beagle named Bailey the Beagle Hernandez. She was my husband and I's first "baby" and is an integral part of our family.
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