I wholeheartedly believe it’s my role as a therapist to assist you in realizing, cultivating, and accessing internal and external resources that you already possess. I'm here to support you in healing, reconnecting and making empowering choices to achieve peace and feel more joy on a daily basis. Stress, conflict, and pain are given aspects of this life. Together, we will create a safe space for vulnerability and strength; both are needed for change. Our sessions will allow you to move through stuck points in your mind, relationships and environment. My approach is empathic, direct, emotionally supportive and solutions focused.
Welcome! Thank you for considering me to be your therapist. Sometimes life can throw us curve balls and we may need a little extra support in navigating this world. Whether you are trying to figure out a dilemma in life, adjusting to life changes or healing new/old wounds that just won't go away. I will be with you along the way to figure out the best plan for you. Sometimes that can just be a few sessions to get some coping skills or longer term deeper work to really get the kinks out. My ultimate goal is for you to live a stress, guilt and shame free life.
Have you ever heard of the term Tabula Rasa? The term Tabula Rasa explains that we as individuals are born with a “blank slate” and the people, relationships, and experiences around us paint the characteristics of who we become. The beauty of this theory is that negative and traumatic experiences can be painted over with new insights, personal growth, and emotional development. I also utilize modern tools in therapy and personal assignments such as listening to podcast episodes, watching documentaries, or providing relevant reading material if interested. I prefer to work with adults and older teenagers.
I truly have a passion for connecting with people and believe in providing a safe place for healing and growth. Therapy is a process and relies heavily on the connection a person has with the therapist. I look at that process as a journey. I work from the viewpoint in which I am a partner along for the journey of change, rather than an authoritarian expert. I strive to work as an active team member with my client to find the appropriate method of healing that suits the individual.
All families want peace, all individuals want greater ease and understanding in their lives. With over 20 years providing services to individuals with learning and communication diagnoses, Autism, Asperger's, developmental diagnoses, executive functioning and psychosis, I know the importance of having the right support for the need at hand. I am passionate about supporting individuals, children and families with the most effective treatment possible, including assessment, advocacy, and in office therapy. If I am unable to accept a new client into my schedule, they may be referred to work with other Connections staff.
We exist in a world that is equal parts chaos and structure. Its hard to navigate the complicated series of events and past experiences that life involves. Trauma, stress, emotional turmoil, and questioning reality are common challenges. I am passionate about helping my clients explore their unique circumstances and to find healthy perceptions of themselves and strengthen their relationships so they can be as peaceful, grounded, and safe as possible.
I have been working as a therapist in Southern California for eight years. I have worked with with a variety of cultures, ethnicities and socioeconomic statuses. Most of my experience has been working with the Hispanic/Latin American population. Previously I have worked with victims of violent crimes, childhood trauma and stress caused by transitions in life. Therefore I have experience working with dyads such as parent-child and couples. Also I have worked with adolescents and children.
I have a passion for helping people. If you are going through one of life's many challenges, I am here to help. I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Solution Focused Therapy. I have experience in helping teens, adults, and couples.
" Welcome. You, like many of us at some point in our lives, may be dealing with an issue that you need help with at this time. Life is complicated and often stressful, and over time stress can impact our ability to cope as well as we would like. Perhaps you are struggling with changes in your mood, energy or self-esteem. Or experiencing problems in your relationships; perhaps having trouble functioning at work or in social situations. I have over 30 years experience working with individuals on these and other concerns.
People find their way to therapy for various reasons. You may be in a crisis or you may want to work on long-standing behaviors that are no longer working for you. Maybe negative self-talk is getting in your way, or repeating the same behavior expecting different results and aren't sure how to make the necessary changes. Therapy is a process, finding the right therapist is important. I offer a free phone consultation to help you in your search.
Marriage & Family Therapist, BS, MA, RD, MFT, NNTS
Welcome and congratulations for seeking help! I love working with people who want to rise up to their highest potential yet know they have some blocks to clear out of the way. Often patterns show up in our lives and we can't figure out how to change so that we are manifesting what we want in life. Don't wait any longer, get the support you deserve!
I work with people who feel stuck; those struggling with feelings or behaviors that make them feel isolated, confused, different. Whether it be depression, anxiety, perfectionism/self-criticism, loneliness, shame, abuse, working through and healing from trauma, or improving your relationship with yourself or others, there *really are genuine ways to heal. We all need to feel safe, to be seen and heard, and to have our feelings honored for change to happen; and that is what I offer you: A safe space to explore and understand what’s been keeping you where you are, so you can discover a new way to the life you want.
I utilize my training and experience in Psychotherapy, Medical Hypnosis and Biofeedback to help you accomplish your desired goals. From my extensive background I utilize what will work best for you as an individual. A result of our work together is for you to become congruent within all aspects of your life; your actions, thoughts and feelings, while living to the fullest each and every day. I will help you overcome obstacles and develop healthy coping skills. I specialize in recovery from traumas (PTSD), grief and loss, integrating and assimilating chronic pain, addictive behaviors and other conditions.
If you are experiencing life’s bumps in the road, or feeling like you’re stuck, I can help. I am available to provide you and your family with compassionate, non-judgmental guidance. With 25 years experience, I specialize in relationships, couples, marital issues, divorce recovery, blended families, step parenting, women’s issues and transitions, mid-life changes, step parenting, blended families and military families.
I am a licensed psychologist experienced in working with adolescents and adults. I create an empathic, collaborative, encouraging environment that allows people to explore their identity and relationships to live a more fulfilling life. I build a therapeutic relationship on mutual respect and support people in using their strengths to overcome challenges. I believe that discovering and developing a sense of purpose is an important part of the healing process.
Do you battle with feeling anxious, panicky, sad, trapped, or helpless? Is it hard to enjoy things that you used to do? Anxiety and depression can affect every aspect of your life - your relationships and family life, your work or schooling, even your self-care and physical well-being. Since 1990 I have helped hundreds of people find greater understanding of their frightening or demoralizing feelings and learn the skills they need to become confident, engaged, and even passionate about life. There are things in life you can't control...anxiety and depression are not among them.
I see individuals and couples in my Practice. I see individuals, men and women, who want to work through internal blockages that are preventing them from finding peace within themselves or the ability to fill their needs more productively. I also work with couples with relationship issues, either to work through those issues or to work toward amicable separation. . I use Cognitive Restructuring, am fairly active during sessions, and aim at helping people become proactive so they can reach their potential in life.
Congratulations on taking the first step toward healing. One of the most difficult things is to find a therapist who you feel "gets" you, that you feel you can build rapport with. I am a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and have experience working with children, adolescents and adults, those suffering from trauma, rape, sexual assault, grief and loss, children and adolescents, and those struggling with school issues (academic under achievement, bullying, emotional disturbance). I am providing services via Skype, FaceTime and phone. During this COVID-19 pandemic I am offering healthcare workers discounted therapy services.
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in Seaside 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 Seaside 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?
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