California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (#42770) since 2006
California Certified Domestic Violence Counselor since 2000
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) Member since 1998
I began as a therapist trainee in 1997. I have since worked with many diverse clients in a variety of settings, including children aged infancy to 18 and adults aged 18 to 80+. My work includes couples, families, group and individuals of all ages, many cultures and in both English and Spanish.
My background includes work with such varied populations as college students, resident substance abuse clients, resident seniors in assisted living facilities, sexually abused children and their families, residents (children and adults) in domestic violence shelters, persistently mentally ill adults and SED children (schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder, major depressive disorder, dual diagnosis). I also provide support for ADD/ADHD, Anger Management, Caregivers, EAP, Gender Identity, LGBT, Parenting, PTSD, Victims of Crime and Veterans/Vet Families.
I accept private pay or insurance.
Psychotherapy is work. It can be painful. Therapy’s purpose is to provide a safe and supportive environment in which to explore what you need or want to explore about yourself and the world, your career, family, children, parents, siblings, other relationships.
Some people come into therapy when their lives seem to be falling apart; they are in crisis. Others come into therapy in a calmer way. Perhaps they are feeling stuck; their lives aren’t coming together as they had hoped; they just need someone to “knock heads” with; they feel unheard; they are tired of struggling with things they don’t know how to “fix.”
Whatever your inspiration may be, therapy is worthwhile if you are willing to do the work.
I define my approach to therapy as existential/experiential:
Existential means we begin wherever you currently are in your life. Who are you? At this moment, what are you thinking? What do you value? What is your reality?
Experiential means we will explore your understandings of yourself and the world you encounter. What is your experience? How does that translate into/impact the problems, issues or concerns that have brought you into therapy?
My professional training includes a wide variety of formal therapeutic skills. I select tools from various models in order to best fit a particular client or situation. I will not tell you what to do. I may suggest things or encourage you to consider certain possibilities or options. I will support you in discovering what you want or need to do in order to achieve what you desire.
Your journey of discovery ma have a life of its own. You may begin with one goal in mind and, along the way, recognize that a different goal is more appropriate or desirable. It is your experience and your understanding of yourself that guides the therapy.
Therapy works best with consistency. A therapeutic session is sacred space. It is about trust. It is about healing. It is about growth. It is about you.