i have always been a good listener. I enjoy helping people discover new ways of looking at things. I partner with you to explore possibilities that might make your life situation work better for you. During sessions I do play an active role. My focus is on getting you feeling better as soon as possible but at a comfortable pace for you.
Both children and adults can benefit from the support of a therapeutic relationship. With over 30 years of experience as a crisis counselor and psychotherapist, I'm passionate about helping people build healthier, more satisfying relationships and lives. My therapeutic approach focuses on reducing stressors and building on strengths by enhancing insight and understanding and ultimately replacing negative behavior and communication patterns with healthier ones. I work with compassion and respect while actively, yet gently guiding clients to progress toward awareness, growth and healing.
Whether you are seeking your first therapy experience, or you are a seasoned therapy veteran, finding a new therapist is difficult and stressful. In my work with my clients, we build safety and comfort while exploring the challenges that we identify together. Therapy is not a one-size-fits-all process. Whether you are dealing with depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, or other challenges, I am here to support you and provide you with a space to reach your personal goals.
I am here for you, for the person who is struggling to get out from under the cloud of anxiety, depression, or that feeling that you just aren't "good enough". I am here for the parent who is struggling with how to manage, and for the child who has trouble regulating their emotions. We have all been there, even therapists. I come from a place of compassion and understanding, ready to meet you where you're at and find out what works for you to heal and grow.
Is it time for things to change? My favorite quote is "If nothing ever changed, there would be no butterflies". Change can feel scary at first . . . it is the unknown. I am here to walk that journey of change with you and help with whatever that transformation may be. I work with children, teens, adults, and couples to uncover what things are not working in their lives, and help guide them to new ways of communicating, coping, functioning, thinking, and being. It is an amazing feeling to feel changed and set free from unhealthy and unhappy patterns.
I specialize in Adult Counseling, Couples Counseling, Teen Counseling and Men's Issues. I offer my life experience as a former executive, coach, husband, and father along with my passion for helping people live meaningful lives. I left a successful career as a business executive in order to become a therapist. I chose this because I experienced first-hand how the pressures of life can take a severe toll on emotional wellbeing. I saw many others struggling with life challenges too, and my own growth through therapy has instilled within me a desire to help.
My goal is to provide a safe, non-judgmental space where clients can feel seen, heard and accepted. I believe it is the relationship between client and therapist where so much of the work happens. We can work collaboratively to explore relational patterns, understand the connection between thoughts, emotions and behavior, and get curious about what may be holding you back from a deeper connection to self and others.
Is stress, anxiety, depression, or overwhelm an issue? Sometimes life brings changes that are difficult to cope with; loss of a loved one, loss of health, loss of employment, trauma, divorce. I provide a safe and accepting environment in which we can process these changes together, finding your strengths and empowering you to meet these challenges.
“There isn’t anyone you couldn’t love once you’ve heard their story. ” ― Mary Lou Kownacki. We usually have good reasons for feeling the way we do. With curiosity and compassion, and without judgement, I want to see the world from your eyes. Once I meet you where you are, I can help you take steps toward living a rich, full, and meaningful life. Life brings us all kinds of challenges that can leave us stuck in patterns of relating to others, creating disconnection and feeling stuck in feelings we want to escape from. What would it be like to break free of those patterns, to deal with painful thoughts and feelings effectively?
Helping you grow and make positive change is what I strive to help you achieve - helping you find the right path and deal with destructive issues that stand in your way. You are one step closer to being a better you. We all grow everyday and sometimes we grow in the wrong direction. As your psychotherapist, my goal is to aid you in finding out who you are, how to deal with life's stresses and help you find a path that promotes well-being and security within yourself.
Life can be unpredictable and challenging- at times, we may struggle to find the tools to cope with its stressors, heal from its wounds, or live wholeheartedly. Whether you are struggling with depression, anxiety, loss, transition, feelings of hopelessness or worthlessness, self-doubt; you are not meant to do it all alone. I believe that therapy should be supportive, non-judgmental, and safe, while also inviting honest feedback necessary for change. In our relationship, I am an advocate for your health and well-being. We work together to help you get closer to the purposeful, connected, and fulfilled life you deserve.
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MS, AMFT, CPRP
I believe healing is a compassionate and empowering process, and I am passionate about creating a safe therapeutic relationship based on your specific and unique experiences and needs. I also believe healing is an ongoing process, and that everyone has the power and capability to access their own inner wisdom and inner healer to help effect change.
Sometimes, the most difficult part of therapy is taking that first step to seek help. With that said, I hope you find comfort knowing that you are already moving towards progress and healing. Maybe something happened in your life that has affected you and despite your efforts, it has been hard to cope, leading to feeling stressed, hopeless, anxious, or depressed. Such overwhelming symptoms and mood instability make it hard to live a balanced and pleasant life. Problems can arise in our physical health, and relationships, work, and/or school begin to suffer. However, you are already taking necessary steps for change and growth!
Do you find that your mood dictates your behaviors? Or do you engage in ineffective ways of communicating your wants and needs to others? My clients learn how emotional dysregulation is a common symptom of depression, anxiety, stress and other mental health conditions. It can lead to negative emotions and a downward spiral of negative self thoughts. Utilizing a variety of evidenced-based practices, I will help you change these behavioral patterns and achieve your life worth living goals.
Maybe you fit the societal definition of "success": a good student, climbing the career ladder, always organized with a packed schedule. But, still, something feels like it is missing. You are not as fulfilled as you feel you could be. You function well in everyday life, but that persistent worry and anxiety is still there. You are feeling overwhelmed with the idea of being perfect all the time. Sound like you? Then, let's talk.
Psychotherapy is unique & takes courage. It's fulfilling-yet challenging. Using empathy, collaboration, intuition, open mindedness & humor, we will identify automatic ways of thinking, & behaving- that show up as internal conflict, self sabotage, low self esteem, depression, relationship struggles & anxiety. I have a wide array of experience, working with diverse populations, including POC, those experiencing homelessness, those experiencing psychosis, queer identified folks, folks with learning differences, & students with achievement struggles and imposter syndrome. My practice is trauma informed.
One of the most important aspects in therapy is for patients to feel heard, respected, and understood. I offer an active and collaborative therapeutic style that allows the opportunity for clients to learn, grow, explore, challenge and live the life they want to be living. Treatment is tailored to fit your needs and goals, drawing from a variety of therapeutic modalities such as CBT, Psychodynamic, Family Systems, and Strengths based.
If you are dealing with trauma, life transitions, anxiety, or depression, I am here to help you. I've served with children, teens, and families for several years and walked with adults and couples through their healing process. You can expect an empathetic therapist that desires to help you through your therapeutic journey. I can help by providing a safe place for you to share your thoughts and feelings.
Parenting is really challenging, right? Being a kid can be pretty tough too some days. Are you worried about your child and exhausted by the prospect of weathering one more epic meltdown? Do you wish you had someone to help you figure out how to get your family functioning better? I am here to be your guide. With support tailored to your family's unique needs, you will feel confident about the best ways to help your child, and you will begin to see your child thrive.
Are you a professional women feeling anxious about balancing work and home life? Do you feel pulled trying to gain respect in your career yet feel personal relationships are slipping away? I understand. Achieving balance is challenging in this 21st century. You need someone who can listen to you with compassion in a non-judgmental environment to help you find solutions to these complex issues. I embrace clients from all background such as single parent, couples, custody issues, LGBTQ, and multi-generational. As your stress management professional, how can I assist you?
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in Redondo Beach are psychologists, licensed counselors, therapists, psychotherapists, and licensed clinical social workers, all of whom diagnose mental health conditions and provide individualized treatment.
Services offered, education and credentials vary by type of mental health professional. Each professional in Redondo Beach then may specialize in certain areas, such as depression, marriage counseling, or anxiety. Although many mental health providers are not licensed to prescribe medication, they may coordinate with a provider who can.
Both in-person and online therapy sessions are available from most psychologists.
How to find a specialist?
You can refine your search using the filters on this page. There are several categories you can filter by to find mental health professionals with the experience you are looking for. You may want to filter for CBT Psychologists in Redondo Beach, or Child Psychologists in Redondo Beach.
Many find it useful to use filters to view only psychologists that have experience working with certain issues, like Redondo Beach psychologists specializing in EMDR.
What method of therapy is right for me?
When it comes to treatment methods, there's no 'right way.’ Each method of therapy can be beneficial for a variety of issues. Psychologists in Redondo Beach specialize in therapeutic approaches such as CBT, EMDR, and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), among others. Finding a psychologist or therapist who is a good fit for you is the most important step to discovering what type of therapy, or combination of therapeutic approaches, will meet your individual needs. Learn what to expect from different types of therapy and how they work.
How to use my insurance?
Many therapists accept health insurance. Check to see if your insurance is covered. Feel free to discuss this when you contact the therapist.