- Marriage & Family Therapist
- Free initial consultation
- Evening availability
In my practice I use the research on what works to help my clients get the outcomes they want: better relationships, less anxiety and depression, and more control over life. I’ve worked as a therapist in group practice and outpatient treatment to help individuals and couples build healthy relationships, recover from substance abuse issues, and manage difficult emotional experiences. I have extensive experience working with anxiety, substance use issues, relationship issues, couples, and gay and lesbian clients.
My approach as a therapist is multidisciplinary. Every client has unique needs so I do not limit our work into any single modality. I blend a variety of techniques to create a customized approach for your treatment. The primary modalities I draw influence from are cognitive behavioral, humanistic, and psychodynamic psychotherapy.
Recovery and wellness occur in relationship. The therapeutic relationship is a vehicle to get to a different place than we are able to get to on our own. I bring the experience from my own journey, my training and experience as a counselor and the wealth of research in the field to help people get where they want to go.
My approach as a therapist is multidisciplinary. In working with clients, I integrate my academic background, clinical expertise, and involvement with academic and athletic coaching.
I have extensive experience working with both individuals and couples in various group practices and outpatient treatment centers. Many of my clients include working professionals, gay and lesbian adults, and dating or married couples. My clinical specialties include:
Fostering and maintaining healthy relationships
Managing/recovering from depression and anxiety
Coping and building resilience with difficult life transitions
Building healthy road maps for substance use issues (symptom management, moderation, abstinence, etc.)
Navigating struggles pertinent to gay and lesbian clients
Therapy is a place for personal development. Change can be hard, but the therapeutic relationship provides space for moving from one place of existence to another. I aim to combine both research and my own professional experiences to lead people into finding satisfaction and enjoyment in their lives.
I pursued a few paths before my career in mental health. I studied Modern Literature, receiving my BA from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Literature helps us understand the breadth of the human experience and explore the depths therein. This foundation shaped me into being a more understanding person and being more attentive and creative as a therapist.
After graduating, I worked as a mathematics and science tutor, often helping high school seniors prepare for the SAT and ACT. Teaching people in different stages of development gave me a sense of the different ways we grow towards our goals.
For years, I had found therapy immensely helpful for my own development in managing anxiety and improving relationships. With a strong desire to provide the same service to others, I pursued my MS in Counseling from California State University, Long Beach. Since then, I’ve worked in group practices and outpatient treatments specializing in healthy relationships, substance use, depression, anxiety, and issues pertinent to the LGBTQ community.
Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is a major part of my life - I have trained in this martial art for more than a decade. After discovering this fascinating game of human chess, it became a significant component of my own self-care and personal development. My training, teaching, and competing represented an integral part of developing a healthy relationship with masculinity.
Through this unique combination of education, coaching, and teaching, I have learned how to connect, support, and motivate others - all of which inform my practice as a psychotherapist.
I am an out of network provider. I provide patients with superbills at the end of the month that allows them to make a claim to be reimbursed. Generally, only PPO insurance plans reimburse for out of network care.
A superbill provides infomation to your insuracne company regarding the type of service recieved, dates of service, and diagnosis. The details of your reimbursement will be determined by your plan with your insurance carrier.
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