Individuals (adults and teens)
LGBTQ+ adults and youth
Suicide Ideation and Self Harm (Teens)
I have been in Marriage and Family Therapy, focusing on mental health issues, since the end of 2020. Starting a career in mental health during a pandemic was not a small feat. However, such an event gave me the opportunity to gain the experience of a wide spectrum of clients with presenting symptoms such as:
- Major Depressive Disorder
- Generalized Anxiety Disorder
- Suicide attempts and ideation
- Self-harming behaviors
- Sexual assault and trauma
- Gender dysphoria
Through it all, my approach has been solution focused, strength-based, goal oriented therapy. Solution Focus Therapy is my primary modality. However, as I gained further experience with clients, I began to explore Narrative Therapy. I discovered there are some people who were looking to grieve their pasts, not relive it - people were ready to write their new narrative, stay in the present and move forward. Focusing on staying in the present and focusing on a positive hopeful future is my primary goal for my clients - whatever that looks like to them.
I studied law prior to finding my calling in therapy, which I feel supports me as a therapist. Law School taught me to be intuitive, which allows me to be able to read my clients quickly and get a sense of their needs before they do. I find this as an advantage as most people aren’t quite sure why they come to therapy, my intuitiveness can assist with building the rapport and helping the client answer that question. I use client-based thinking to help the client work towards the best outcome of emotional stability and regulation by exploring the clients strengths and skills to formulate the tools and coping skills to get them back to, or on to, their best life.
My authenticity, intuitiveness and empathetic listening skills, as well as a gift of adding a natural sense of comfort, allow clients to feel they are in a safe and trusting environment and can easily build a positive therapeutic relationship with myself. My main goal in therapy is to treat the person who has the symptoms, not just a diagnosis. My clients are treated subjectively to the particular needs of the client and change as the client’s goals are met, this allows the client to remain engaged in therapy and can see the progress of continuing to work towards healthy positive goals that will help them discover their strengths to live an emotionally stable and healthier life.
California Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Associate #131500
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