I take a holistic approach to therapy and address client's concerns from the perspective of their mind, body, and spirit. My role is one of a guide along the journey to wholeness. I offer illumination of integral pieces along your path and help you to integrate these pieces to become a happier, healthier, more authentic you! I truly believe that each individual can heal from emotional pain. I am competent in a variety of theoretical approaches including: Psychodynamic, Transpersonal, Client centered, Humanistic, Gestalt, and CBT. I am trained in EMDR and clinical hypnosis.
It is time to transform your life. Sometimes we get stuck. We want to be our be our best selfs; live a full and wholehearted life but, we are not sure how to find the freedom. I provide a nonjudgemental, safe place so you can develop greater clarity and ability to take on life’s challenges. As an empathic, supportive listener, I help find and eliminate the root of what is holding you back from being fully alive.
Do you feel stressed out, irritable, or sad? Is your work or home life raising levels of anxiety or making you feel depressed? Or, perhaps, you're simply feeling overwhelmed and unsure of what to do next. I'd like to help. You may be at a point in your life where change feels inevitable, yet, you don't know what to do. This can be very difficult place to be.
Oftentimes, positive change can emerge from the most trying of life circumstances. Talking issues over with a caring professional can help you make decisions that feel right for you.
Evidence-based interventions for anxiety and depression need creative personalization, because every child, teen, or adult is different. My background in development and learning allows me to conceptualize difficulties and organize a cognitive-behavioral treatment that works with the whole child or the whole person.
People in your life might think everything is fine, but inside you feel overwhelmed and stuck. Your anxiety is ramped up trying to control something that you cannot control. You find yourself not trusting yourself and seeking external validation frequently. Feelings of distraction are constant and worries take over your thoughts. You may even feel that your relationships have changed and that you need to protect the ones you love by hiding how you truly feel. Trying to stay "positive" just isn't working. If you are ready for change, you have come to the right place. I am not a smile and nod therapist and will partner with you.
Making the decision to get free from your addiction is the most important one you will ever make. It empowers you to have control over your life and avoid a downward spiral of chaos. Sirona Behavioral Health is committed to the safety, comfort, and success of every resident that comes to us seeking treatment. We provide clients with all of the resources they need to sustain a life without drugs and alcohol, and provide the tools to help them learn how to enjoy life again. We work closely with every resident to ensure the best care for each individual.
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, MA, LPCC
Does every conversation with your spouse turn into an argument? Are you at a loss of what to do next to "fix" the marriage? Do you feel like you used to be on the same page but now it feels like you're on separate planets? Maybe you can't quite put your finger on what the actual problem is, but you're feeling frustrated, angry, disconnected, and alone. Perhaps you're struggling to overcome that "thing" from your past that you've never really talked about...
Are you feeling overwhelmed? Are your problems impacting your relationships, your job, and other important parts of your life making you feel anxious, depressed, and not knowing what to do next? Some challenges are difficult to overcome on our own, a little help can make a huge difference! Talking to a therapist can be your first step towards healing, gaining clarity, and getting you through this difficult time. Don’t lose more time trying to figure this out on your own. Let’s get you back on track so you can get back to feeling like your confident, best self.
Beginning therapy is a deeply personal, courageous decision. Whether it is your first time seeking treatment, or you are looking for a change, I am here to work with you to create a happier, more fulfilling life. I believe building a strong therapeutic relationship is a critical foundation for future change. As such, I strive to provide warmth and empathy while utilizing an open, non-judgmental style. I also believe therapy should be a collaborative process, and will work with together with you as a partner in your treatment journey. I use this collaborative style with everyone I work with, from young children and teens to adults.
Is it time to heal? I am here to help! I work together with people who have experienced trauma or difficult times. I believe that people have an amazing ability to heal. Everyone does! I often hear people say "I want to stop letting this interfere with my life but I don't know how." Guess what? I do! I am not saying that it will be easy to work towards a better life; but it will be WORTH IT. You deserve to live the best life possible. Let's start working together! I am EMDR certified and help other therapists hone their EMDR skills as an EMDRIA CIT. Currently TELEHEALTH ONLY during COVID-19 including EMDR in most cases.
I believe therapy can be a powerful tool to overcome life's obstacles. My clients want to learn how to approach these obstacles and apply their new skills as problems arise; this allows my clients to feel confident in making positive, lasting changes in their lives. I often work with individuals, both adults and adolescents, who want to learn how to more mindful in their lives and want help "getting out of their heads so to speak." My clients often want to re-establish their inner strength and learn how to better problem-solve in order to improve their lives.
Have you been feeling like you need a change in your life, but are not sure how to go about making that happen? With my emphasis in Marriage & Family Therapy, the focus of my work includes life transitions, whether it is adjusting to parenthood, considering a change within the family system, or preparing for a career move. Learning methods to make even small changes can lead to positive improvements. I am passionate about helping individuals identify their values so they can move intentionally in a direction that inspires them. In my work with couples, I promote collaboration between them that aligns with their personal values.
I have been in practice in the area for over 40 years, working with a very diverse population, including individual's, adults, adolescents, and couples with a wide variety of concerns and complex life challenges. I taught for 28 years, first as an associate professor of psychology at Marymount College, and have taught graduate courses at Loyola Marymount University and Pepperdine University. Twice, I have been the recipient of the Lampert Award from Pacificare Behavioral Health, which quantifies client outcomes. In effect, my therapeutic effectiveness has been ranked in the top one percent of over 10,000 participating therapists.
Things in your life feel off, emotions overwhelm you daily, your relationships suffer, and nothing feels like it can change for the better. Taking action to get help feels hard but you know something needs to change. Therapy is an evidence-based approach that will get to the root of what's going on and allow for meaningful change. I am a trauma-focused therapist who works best with teenagers, college students, and adults working through anxiety. For those looking for EMDR therapy, I integrate EMDR into the therapeutic process.
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT, APCC
"We're all just human beings doing the best we can, the best way we know how." That resonated with me a long time ago. It is where I got stuck. It may be where you are. Striving for that ideal of perfection. It is a mirage and can show up as depression, anxiety, stress, etc. I want to walk with my clients through the discomfort and help them to achieve whatever goals they may have on the other side.
You should never have to feel alone with your life's challenges. I am an active, supportive listener who will help you address those issues that are causing you pain. I work with parents, adolescents and families to improve relationships. I specialize in trauma and can help you process through your past experiences so that you can fully heal and live in the present. I work with military families and first responders and the unique challenges these populations encounters. I also specialize in adoption related issues including infertility and attachment work. I hope that together, we can help you lead the life you deserve.
Chances are right about now you are in a state of loss, confusion, or pain - maybe you are concerned for your child. Reaching out is often the most difficult part, and starting therapy or finding a new therapist can be a tough process. It's very important to find someone who is the right match for you. I'm here to answer any questions you have and help you find the right person if it's not me. I work with teens, adults and families.
It is my hope to walk alongside you on your journey toward self discovery. Whether you are seeking help exploring a current or past issue, soul searching, or just looking for someone to talk to, the therapy room is a safe place to grow. When experiencing pain in relationships or feeling alone, beginning this road toward healing can seem daunting. There is courage in reaching out for support to restore your heart, body, and mind. I am committed to accompanying you in building secure and fulfilling relationships, providing warm and empathic services for children, adolescents, adults, families, and couples.
I know life can create problems and issues and my goal is to help as many people I can get through the difficult times/issues in their life. I love helping children, their parents, individuals, and those in the sunset hours of life. My passion is to help each client recognize hope, joy, relaxation, and growth on their pathway through life.
I offer a FREE confidential phone consultation. Do you feel depressed, anxious, stuck, powerless, lonely, angry, overwhelmed, or find youself in difficult relationships? You don't have to feel this way, there is hope! I would be privileged to help you find your way. In the course of living, we accumulate experiences, traumas, resentments, illnesses and HABITS that weigh us down. We may carry this pain with us every day until we learn new healthy ways of coping and begin to face our true selves and work through our hurts, vices, hidden secrets, and brokenness. To make an appointment please call: (949)2542631
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in San Clemente 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 San Clemente 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.
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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 San Clemente 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.
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