I take a relational/client-centered approach to therapy and believe that our early childhood and family experiences affect us on a daily basis. I often focus on helping individuals process trauma (whether life threatening or not) to help individuals move beyond and blossom to their full potential. I am empathic and supportive but can also be blunt and straight forward at times that helps individuals understand themselves in a way that allows them to make positive changes. I work hard to be approachable and nonjudgmental.
My focus is quite a bit on trauma and how it affects us. I have always believed that what happens to us in our childhoods and in our early relationships sets us on a path and affects a lot of the way we think and react to things. I am very sensitive to the fact that talking about our trauma(s) can be very difficult and even re-traumatizing. I now offer EMDR and other related techniques that are not only proven by research to be helpful with PTSD, but has also been shown to help with other mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression. It has helped many of my current and former clients feel much better in a much shorter time than other approaches have in the past.
You Are Not Alone. Helping You Heal from Trauma
It is important to start each new therapeutic relationship by building trust and a strong therapeutic alliance. I often help clients understand deeper meanings and reasons for the current issues they are struggling with by exploring childhood experiences and family of origin dynamics. I believe that many symptoms, such as anxiety and depression, and dysfunctional relational patterns can be traced back to early experiences. I work primarily with individuals dealing with PTSD (and other trauma related symptoms), anxiety, depression, bipolar, life changes and stresses, and addiction.
I provide therapy to adults and older adolescents with any of the following issues:
- Adjustment to major life changes
- Bipolar disorder
- History of child abuse
- Mood swings
- Military trauma
- Years in Practice: 11 Years
- School: Alliant International University
- Year Graduated: 2011
- License and State: PSY25309 California
- EMDR International Association and the San Diego Psychological Association, member since 2017
I am in the office Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.