/IWELCOME I strongly believe in providing my clients with a comfortable and supportive atmosphere to assist in overcoming obstacles of daily life. I specialize in work with mood disorders, addiction/substance use and eating disorders. Substance use and eating disorders can be utilized as a coping tool when our emotions become unmanageable. I assist clients in gaining confidence in their ability to address difficult emotions and experiences in a healthy way.
ABOUT ME I graduated from California State University Northridge with a Master of Science degree in Counseling with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. My practicum was completed at Sylmar Health and Rehabilitation, where I provided individual and family therapy for those suffering from severe mental illness; in addition to facilitating life skills and multi-family groups. Concurrently, I completed my traineeship at Pacific Shores Hospital in Oxnard, California as an individual, group and family therapist for those suffering from eating and co-occurring disorders.
Upon completion of my practicum, I continued with my specialties of mood disorders, eating disorders and addiction by working as a primary therapist at Pacific Shores Hospital and Safe Harbor programs. My tenure at both treatment centers provided me with substantial experience in providing individual, group, couples and family therapy to adolescents, adults and their families. I began my career as a licensed marriage and family therapist at KLEAN Treatment Centers, specializing in addiction and co-occurring disorders. I started as a primary therapist in the intensive outpatient and outpatient program. I was promoted in 2016 and served as program director of both programs until 2018. Following I served as a primary therapist, Assistant Clinical Director and most recently as Clinical Director at Muse Treatment Center.
THERAPEUTIC APPROACH As a cognitive behavioral therapist, I believe that our thoughts play a role in our feelings, behavior and life fulfillment. I assist clients in identifying and reframing destructive thoughts patterns in addition to exploring emotional tools to address issues that arise throughout life. I assist clients in identifying needs currently met through unhealthy patterns of coping and find alternative coping mechanisms that can increase life fulfillment. I believe in an individualized approach in which treatment is personalized each client.
SERVICES AND SPECIALTIES -Anxiety -Depression -Trauma -Self Esteem Issues -Relationship Issues -Individual Counseling for Adolescents, Adults, Couples and Families -Stress Management -Conflict Resolution - Transition of Life Issues - Parenting Support - Work and Career Issues - Social Skills and Assertiveness Training - Dialectical Behavioral Therapy -Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Mood Disorders Anxiety, depression and associated disorders can cripple to our ability to function. It can suck the joy out of our lives, increase isolation and decrease motivation to achieve goals. I provide my clients with the support and tools to manage these symptoms and create a greater sense of life fulfillment.
Substance Abuse and Addiction Substance abuse and addiction can a make our lives feel out of control and limit our ability to function in our jobs, relationships and areas of interest. Substances are often utilized as a coping tool to manage emotions that feel overwhelming. I assist clients in taking back control of their lives and identify effective coping tools to manage difficult emotions.
Eating Disorders Disordered eating can be utilized as a coping tool when life feels out of control. Through the use of thought reframing, emotional regulation, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness and emotional exploration, I assist clients in gaining confidence in their ability to address difficult emotions and experiences in a healthy way.
Fees $130 for a 50 minute session. Sliding scale offered Availability Monday through Thursday: 8am – 8pm Friday:8am-5pm
Insurance I accept the following insurance carriers: Anthem