Your psychological well-being is just as important as your physical and spiritual well-being, as they are interconnected. Life can have many unexpected twists and turns that can make it overwhelming. Seeking mental health therapy is an important first step toward self-exploration, growth and healing.
As a postdoctoral clinician, I bring life experience to my work with clients. I have worked in other fields previously and have observed people and their behaviors around me—that is the reason I chose to enter the mental health field. I am passionate about helping people from all walks of life. I am an empathetic and culturally-informed therapist who practices reflective listening, and work to create a safe space for my clients—fostering a strong therapeutic relationship. I meet you "where you are." I believe therapy should be a "no judgement zone" for you to feel comfortable opening up to a neutral party in confidence.
I earned my doctorate in Clinical Psychology from John F. Kennedy University in Pleasant Hill, California. My doctoral training has involved treating clients in various community-based programs and behavioral health organizations. I've provided individual and group therapy to adults and teens with co-occurring disorders (mental health and substance abuse) in an AOD clinic; probation; crisis residential; transitional housing; youth counseling, as well as county and state correctional facilities. I treat underlying psychological issues including anxiety, depression, trauma, substance use/abuse, relationship issues, and life transitions. I work from a theoretical orientation that best fit my clients’ individual needs, using: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic therapy, Multicultural Approach, Matrix Model, and Motivational Interviewing, while integrating a Biopsychosocial perspective and being Trauma-Focused.
I strive to provide you with tools to help you better manage the psychological challenges you may be experiencing now, and in the future, to help you live a more healthy life.