My Approach in Therapy
I want every client to feel welcomed in therapy and have no limits on what they bring into session(s). Clients should feel validated and heard.
I strive to help my clients make a connection in therapy so that they have at least one place where they can be themselves. This means being able to freely talk about what is on their mind and to feel empowered. Therapy is a judgement-free zone, and this is how I want clients to feel whenever they enter session(s).
The types of therapy that I feel connect the best with clients include strength-based, solution-focused, and person-centered therapy. I also believe in integrating art into therapy which can include music, writing, journaling, or painting. However, each client is unique, and I want to find what works best for each person. If a client does not not respond well to a certain type of therapy, I will help the client discover what works best for them.
I Offer Lots of Patience and Compassion
I have a passion for working with individuals with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), especially those who have experienced the trauma of sexual or intimate partner violence, and those that display dissociative traits related to their PTSD.
Wide Range Of Experience
I enjoy working with all ages, and I especially connect well with teens and young adults and supporting teenage focused issues. I also have experience working with:
I got my M.A. of Clinical Psychology, with an Emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy, from Pepperdine University. I obtained a B.S. in Human Services from California State University, Fullerton.
I chose a degree in Human Services over Psychology because the Human Services degree required an extra three semesters of practicum field placement work, which I believed was important experience and was better suited for my desire to be a Marriage and Family Therapist.
I am glad I made that choice and have found that the extra training and clinical work experience was invaluable to becoming a skilled clinician.