Style: Affirming, Supportive, and Creative.
- Adult Families
Who I am as a Therapist
I believe that every person who walks through my door has taken the first step toward a happier and more fulfilling life. By accessing your own innate skills, I can help you change your life for the better and regain hope, confidence, and joy. Instead of using a “one size fits all” style of therapy, I use a variety of techniques to develop an individualized program to help you to reach your goals. Looking at past relationships within the family system, discovering what obstacles may be holding you back, or working to change your negative thought patterns are some ways in which we can work together to improve your quality of life. I can provide therapy in Spanish and believe in respecting every culture, ethnicity, race, sexual orientation, and gender as an essential component to the therapeutic process. By working as a responsive, flexible, compassionate, and culturally sensitive therapist I recognize that creating a comfortable environment of trust and understanding is the key to helping people recapture the joy they aspire to achieve.
“The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction not a destination.”
Mental Health Challenges
- Adoption & Foster
Anxiety (General, Panic, Phobias)
Attachment & Relational Challenges
- Behavioral Challenges in Children
- Gender transitions
Grief & Loss
- Identity Development
Immigration & Acculturation
- Learning Disorders
- Postpartum Depression
- School Issues
- Sexual Abuse
Trauma Recovery (PTSD & Abuse)
- Women’s Issues
- Attachment Based Therapy
- Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP)
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive Therapy
- Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS)
- Compassionate Communication (NVC)
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
- Emotionally Focused Therapy
- Gestalt Therapy
- Gottman Method
- Internal Family Systems Therapy (IFS)
- Mind- Body/Somatic
- Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
Socio-Emotional Relationship Therapy
Transgender Affirming Care
Who I am when I’m not a Therapist
I enjoy knitting, walking, Zumba, yoga, reading, and crafting. I like playing Mahjong with the gang, singing 4-part harmony in my barbershop chorus/quartet, and playing board games with my friends.
- MS in Marriage and Family Therapy, Grand Canyon University, Phoenix, AZ
- BA in Liberal Studies, California State University Northridge, Northridge, CA
Training & Experience
- Past career as a Bilingual Special Education Teacher (Pre-K to 12th grade). Provided in-services to school staff and administration regarding such topics as Spectrum Disorders, ADHD, behavioral interventions, and curriculum development for young children.
- Worked as a Resource Specialist Teacher in CA where I advocated for parents and helped them to navigate the IEP process.
- Provided parent education programs in home, school, and community settings.
- Developed a Mommy and Me program for LA Regional Center for children 18mo-3yrs old.
- Directed an Intensive Outpatient Program for teens and families.
- Developed and facilitate groups on Resilience for teens.
- Provided evaluation and therapy for marginalized Latino Americans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
- Trained as a trauma specialist and in TF-CBT (Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy).
- Certificated in STEP Parenting and Active Parenting Now.
- Major course work included theories of counseling, developmental perspectives, cross cultural counseling, social justice and advocacy, psychopathology and diagnosis, psychopharmacology, crisis and grief counseling, group counseling, and marriage and family counseling.
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