My Approach To Therapy

 I believe that therapy is the process of self-exploration to promote change by increasing personal awareness and insight.  My goal as a therapist is to teach you new skills to help you manage your thoughts and feelings in more positive ways, while also exploring behavioral and lifestyle changes that can benefit you.  I believe it is important to identify and utilize your strengths to help you achieve your treatment goals.  While therapy can be hard work at times, the results can be well worth the effort.  

I am an active participant during therapy sessions, providing direct feedback, as well as psychoeducation (handouts, worksheets, articles, etc.) as needed.  I believe that each individual is unique and I customize my therapy approach to support your specific needs.  I take an eclectic approach, using various types of therapies and interventions in order to help you achieve your goals.  I welcome feedback from my clients regarding the effectiveness of the treatment modality being used, as I want you to reach your goals as quick as possible.  I will collaborate with you to develop a treatment plan that incorporates your therapy goals.

When beginning therapy, it is important that you find a therapist you feel comfortable working with, as the therapeutic relationship is most important in the therapy process.  In order to ensure you find the right therapist for you, I offer free 30 minute consultations to provide you with an opportunity to meet me and discuss your situation and address any questions or concerns you may have about beginning therapy.

Education & Experience

I have been providing therapy services for approximately 6 years.  I have experience working with children and their families, as well as adults.  I enjoy working with all kinds of clients and have experience working with a variety of issues and diagnoses, including depression, anxiety, AHDH, and other mood disorders.

I received my bachelors degree in psychology at UC Irvine and a Masters of Social Work , with a concentration in families and children, from the University of Southern California.  I have experience working with teens and young children, and have received training in play therapy.  I also have experience implementing behavioral interventions while working with children with disabilities in the home and school settings.  I have worked as part of the special education department for the NLMUSD, providing me with experience in IEPs and other school-based interventions.  I have also worked in a county mental health program for adults. I am a member of the National Association of Social Workers.