I believe that people have the capacity to adapt to the world around them and the potential to achieve a state of well-being by examining the connection between their own thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.
I received a B.A. in Liberal Studies from the University of California, Riverside in 2000 and an M.S. in Counseling from California State University, San Bernardino in 2003. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and am working toward certification as a Child Parent Psychotherapist. In 2007, I completed a certificate program in providing therapy to foster and adoptive families.
I am an eclectic therapist with a range of experience and training. I am skilled at crisis assessment, risk mitigation, and safety planning. Further, I have specialities in attachment issues and anxiety disorders. I utilize solution focused therapies, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and a variety of other evidence-based approaches. For the past four years I have been an outpatient therapist for an agency that provides individual and family therapy, parenting support and consultation for children 0-18 years old. I enjoy providing comprehensive counseling and guidance to support the growth of youth through adulthood.
I have been working with children, “tweens” and teens for the last 20 year in various settings, including in the community, homes, schools, and residential and day treatment facilities. I was a substitute teacher and tutor for elementary and middle school students for several years before becoming a mental health counselor. More recently, I served as an early childhood mental health consultant.
I provide individual and family therapy with the expectation that caregivers will be actively involved in the process. I also provide parenting support using Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) in order to empower caregivers to implement positive changes and relieve stress for both themselves and their children. I provide consultation with teachers, doctors, and other community providers to meet the needs of the child and the system in which they live. I believe collaboration is important in the therapeutic process.
I work with all age groups but focus primarily on children up to 12 years old. I provide therapy to children and youth up to age 18 who are struggling with identity issues, including LGBTQ-related concerns.
We will work together as a team to support positive changes in your child’s life. You can expect to play an active and important role in your child’s treatment. I utilize humor and an eclectic, non-judgmental approach, and I ask lots of questions to better understand how to best meet your and your family’s needs.