My role as a therapist is to provide a welcoming experience into therapy and actively listen and connect with my clients to identify strengths and support them in meeting their goals in life. I believe that therapeutic relationships are critically important and are facilitated best through compassion, respect and active support. In addition, modeling a healthy and positive relationship, providing appropriate feedback and working together to help achieve personal goals is central to the client's ability to benefit from therapy. Working as a therapist is a rewarding experience as well as a privilege to be invited into another person’s life. I find that in joining clients on their journey to make changes and overcome the difficulties in their lives it enables them to discover their best self.
I have worked with clients in English/Spanish helping adults with co-occurring disorders, at-risk youth, children, adolescents and veterans, with exposure to trauma, neglect, abuse, and parents with parenting issues. Working with these clients early on in my career motivated me to help those who cannot help themselves.
Certifications and Expertise
As a therapist providing individual, couples, family, and group therapy, I utilize several frameworks derived from a number of models such as Cognitive Behavioral, Psychodynamic, Solution-Focused, and Narrative. This broad range helps me implement more effective interventions for the purpose of assisting my clients with their therapeutic goals as each person has a different life experience.
When working with adolescents and adults with substance abuse issues, I use Motivational Interviewing and Seeking Safety techniques to encourage change and focus on improving and strengthening my client's motivation to change.
I have certifications in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (Anxiety, Depression),Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Crisis Oriented Recovery Systems Model, and from the Department of Mental Health in these Evidence Based Practices: Seeking Safety and Motivational Interviewing.
Education and Training
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been in the mental health field for over 10 years in inpatient and outpatient settings. I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice with a Minor in Anthropology from California State University Long Beach and my Master’s Degree in Social Work with a concentration in mental health and a sub concentration in military social work from the University of Southern California.