I generally help individuals to reach their goals of feeling happier and calmer or to change from unwanted habits to wanted habits. I am a clinical psychologist licensed in the State of California since 1992. I work with individuals through the lifespan, and I use an integration of techniques. I am a bilingual (bicultural: Cuban-American) clinical psychologist.
I am passionate about helping others and my specialty is helping couples improve their relationship. My therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal and relationship challenges. I provide a safe, structured environment and work collaboratively with clients to develop the skills and implement the tools needed to live a fulfilling life and develop satisfying relationships. I am an interactive, solution-focused therapist. Clients find me to be warm, engaged and compassionate but I can be direct when necessary. I use humor in session and enjoy being creative in my work.
Challenges are a part of life and when we are faced with a difficulty, we are presented with an opportunity for growth. This can be difficult to see when you are in the midst of a challenging situation, especially if you are feeling alone. Reaching out for help is not always easy and takes courage. You may be wanting to develop greater self-awareness and insight, are in need of relief from symptoms of depression or anxiety, or wanting caring and unbiased support through a significant moment in life. I believe that each person is unique and I will start where you are and we’ll work together from there to reach your goals.
I have been working in the field of Marriage and Family Therapy for over 20 years. I graduated from The University of Southern California in 1994 and received my Masters Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at The University of San Diego in 1997. My focus is Cognitive/Behavioral Therapy, with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. My goal is to bring a sense of warmth and compassion to the therapy process, valuing a focus on each individual's strengths and resiliency. I bring my clinical knowledge as well as my personal life experiences to the therapy process.
I'm a licensed clinical psychologist working with adults in individual therapy. I have extensive training in treating depression, anxiety, trauma, identity conflicts, sexuality concerns, and perinatal mental health. I specialize in individuals managing relationship difficulties, chronic stress, perfectionism, parenting, and finding personal balance. I have expertise in treating helping clients improve self-esteem and navigate change of life events, such as graduating school, job/career changes, breakups, and parenthood status changes. I welcome all genders and specialize in working with marginalized populations.
You are here because you would like someone to help you be happier and healthier. I am a licensed clinical psychologist with 20+ years of experience. My experiences include being an active duty Navy psychologist, working for the Department of the Navy and County of Riverside, and being in private practice. During my career, I have worked with a diverse client population, both military and civilian, on a wide range of issues, including but not limited to depression, anxiety, stress management, trauma, relationship issues, acculturation, health issues, and weight management.
Marriage & Family Therapist, PsyD, LMFT, CST, CCDC
I work with couples to renew the fire in their love life and sexual relationship, couples affected by addiction, as well as couples who are no longer communicating or are on the brink of divorce. I counsel men and women who have experienced depression, anxiety, and OCD. I work with individuals dealing with grief, trauma, sexual abuse, and childhood or partner violence. I also work with parents and adolescents. I am a Certified Sex Therapist and a Certified Chemical Dependency Counselor.
Life will consistently throw challenges at you. Most of them you get through on your own or with the help of your support system. Sometimes, challenges can be overwhelming and difficult to navigate. The good thing is you’re not alone. I am here as a companion on your journey to explore and resolve those sticky challenges. The journey can be painful and arduous. The choices on your journey are yours to make, but I will help you find clarity in uncertainty. I’m ready to start your journey when you are.
You have likely accomplished many things already in your life, whether you are a young adult, a parent, grandparent, or a couple. Well-being, and challenges to our abilities to cope, however, are not just the challenge of others, "those less fortunate." Leaders and professionals face unique challenges and levels of stress, as do highly successful students. All of us face grief, loss, change, and challenges may weigh on us, and/or inspire us to new heights of accomplishment and success. Whether you are in some level of personal crisis, challenge, or just need a tune up, I am honored to assist you. Come and find COMPASSION.
I provide short-term therapy, trauma informed, solution focused therapy, and motivational interviewing/addiction recovery. I have an extensive background in treating clients with depression, anxiety, trauma, sexual abuse, unresolved childhood trauma, substance abuse and recovery from substance abuse, identity issues, men’s issues, along with several other life struggles.
Experiencing anxiety, depression, and difficulty controlling thoughts, behaviors and emotions? Are relationship difficulties interfering with your ability to experience a fulfilling and satisfying life? If you have worked with other therapists in the past, or are considering starting for the first time, I have been where you are and understand solutions can sometimes feel unattainable. You don't want to just pay someone to listen, you want to attain and sustain improvements in all facets of your life. You deserve to experience contentment, peace and happiness, and the people closest in your life deserve to have that version of you.
My ideal client is a person who doesn't want to give up on him/her/themself and the dream of a fulfilling life. I support clients to know the truth: they deserve love and success no matter what wounds they've experienced. I help people uncover the deep wisdom and restorative potential living within them. I do this gently and safely, in the present moment, by reconnecting clients with healing, embodied emotional experience. This gets vitality and intuition moving again I support people to take responsibility (but not blame) in any life/work/relationship upset because this is what works!
How in the world do I get through a pandemic AND deal with every day stressors and crisis of “normal” life? Now more than ever, you feel the ups and downs of stress, anxiety, uncertainty and loss of control. (Me too!) You are an accomplished woman! How in the world are you feeling like you are on a roller coaster on a daily or even hourly basis? You have gotten through tough times before and are asking yourself, why the heck am I so out of whack? You want to feel hopeful towards the future and get back in touch with balancing the real you with trusting your instincts.
Are you feeling burned out? Do you have a demanding job that has left you feeling overwhelmed? Are you a college or graduate student drowning in work and feeling uncertain about the path you have chosen? While you may appear to “have it all together” on the outside, are you silently suffering on the inside with feelings of stress, anxiety and depression? High demands of work and school can leave you feeling tired, frustrated, scared, worried, angry, and hopeless. I am here to help you learn to overcome this distress and feel more successful personally, professionally, and academically.
Do you feel stuck in a life that doesn't seem to be going anywhere? Do you constantly worry about money, your weight, your sleep, your relationships, but things don't seem to change? Maybe others don't really know what's really going on inside of you. They all seem to have their act together, yet you don't. Are you tired of pretending that everything's fine, when inside you feel a deep sense that something is missing? Do you put yourself down, often blaming yourself for your troubles, yet being tough on yourself is not helping? Are you finding yourself trying to stay busy, eating or drinking to escape, but it's not working?
Ready to begin your journey of self-discovery and healing? Are you tired of emotionally suffering or staying stuck in old patterns? Now more than ever, you may be feeling the ups and downs of stress, anxiety, uncertainty and a sense of loss of control. I am here to help you through this challenging time by providing support and building skills through tele-mental health services. I have over 10 years of experience with both military and civilians working with individuals, couples, families, and children struggling with trauma, stress, depression, anxiety, relationship stress, parenting issues, anger management, and much more.
Therapy can be a place to reclaim your life and sense of self in order to thrive. When life gets difficult it’s easy to end up feeling lost, overwhelmed, anxious, or depressed. In times like this, building our mental health is an important part of reclaiming ourselves and our lives.
I grew up in the state of Michigan and moved to California in the 60s. I decided to become a therapist in my 20's and received my B.A. in Psychology. However, I was single, working in the airline industry, and was enjoying the travel and postings in other countries. I lived and worked in Japan for 2 years and in Singapore for 2 years. I finally decided to pursue my lifelong interest and obtained my Masters's degree in Clinical Psychology and my license as a Marriage and Family Therapist in California.
I am a licensed psychologist who provides individual, couples, and group therapy. My primary theoretical approach is insight oriented psychotherapy for individuals working through relationship issues, anxiety, depression, grief/loss, and adjustment to transition through life's challenges. I believe healthy people seek therapy for a variety reasons throughout life, and psychotherapy can help you find a more genuine and integrated way of living and relating to others. I work collaboratively to recognize patterns and become aware of unconscious habits and choices that impact one's life and functioning.
OUT BEYOND THE IDEA OF WRONGDOING AND RIGHT DOING IS A FIELD; I'LL MEET YOU THERE." -RUMI- I believe therapy is a journey that is best experienced through a relationship that encourages honesty and self-reflection. Taking the leap to start this journey can be difficult. But guess what? You are here, reading this, which is the first step to uncovering what may be causing distress at this time. I applaud you for being here!
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in Rancho Penasquitos, San Diego 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 Rancho Penasquitos, San Diego 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 Rancho Penasquitos, San Diego 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.