Whatever the reason you have chosen to seek therapy, you have taken a courageous first step towards a worthwhile and important journey. Just like many other areas of life, it’s so much easier and fun to have someone on your side to motivate and encourage you towards growth. My goal is to bring out the authentic and true self that is hiding under the fear, worry, and stress that clouds our lives. I believe therapy is not just about treating problems and symptoms, but also about helping you reach your goals and dreams, building your self-esteem, and enhancing your relationships.
I believe treatment and therapy should be different for each individual depending on their preferences, beliefs, and personality. I frequently use compassion focused techniques to help clients understand that they are worthy of happiness and love. I have been trained in EMDR Therapy, which is used to treat a wide variety of symptoms that stem from trauma or upsetting memories. I strive to help clients find the right balance of healthy behaviors and realistic thoughts through the use of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). I use many strategies from Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) which incorporates mindfulness and acceptance into the treatment plan. I also use techniques from Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) that focuses on repairing and fostering healthy attachments when working with couples and families.
I am a Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Associate (#92704) with the BBS in California. I graduated Summa Cum Laude from National University with a Masters in Counseling Psychology specializing in Marriage and Family Therapy. For a little over a year, I worked at Tri-City Hospital in the Emergency Room and Behavioral Health Unit providing individual, couple, family, and group therapy. I have helped many people struggling with depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, substance abuse, relationship struggles, and other life obstacles. I am also currently working at a START (Short Term Acute Residential Treatment) program located in Oceanside, which focuses on treating people with dual diagnoses (mental health and substance use). I really enjoy working with couples, families, and adolescents in helping them build stronger bonds and overcoming communication difficulties. I also enjoy working with individuals in helping them thrive despite past trauma.
Happiness can be so elusive and short-lived in our stressful lives and it is a blessing when we can learn new techniques and ways of being that give us just a little more time feeling happy and at peace. I am so impressed at how much studying and practicing therapy has changed my life for the better and am so grateful to have the opportunity to use this knowledge and expertise to do this for others.