If you are struggling you are not alone! Navigating work, school, relationship issues, anxiety, depression, and just stress in general can be overwhelming. The good news is that It is possible to find balance in your life and increase self-awareness by taking steps towards the life you want to see. Let me help you!
I am a licensed clinical psychologist who has devoted my clinical work to assisting adult individuals with a broad spectrum of concerns. I provide warm and caring support to those struggling with life's challenges. Specifically, I enjoy working with individuals in the following areas: depression, anxiety, substance abuse, life transitions, low self-esteem, communication, and relationship concerns.
Accepting new clients! Are you constantly bombarded with intrusive anxious or depressive thoughts? Do you ever get moments of sadness and can't seem to understand why? It's normal for individuals to go through a range of emotions throughout the day; but you don't have to go through them alone. I am here to help you understand and transform your thought process into a positive one so we can work towards growth, change, and create the life you want. We all have the power to change, and it's okay if you need help doing so.
Accepting new clients! Are you struggling with relationship problems, school, finances, anxiety, depression, or all of the above? Life can be challenging and reaching out for help can also be difficult. As a therapist, it is my goal to provide a safe space for my clients where they can expect to be met with compassion and understanding. I work with my clients to build the necessary skills that help them navigate their personal struggles. Along with this, I work to facilitate growth, insight, and self-compassion.
It is common for human beings who experience trauma and life stressors to feel like their lives are unraveling. My passion is bringing healing to people who have been through a traumatic/stressful experience and also improve their lives. I enjoy working with of all ages. I am fluent in English and Portuguese. As a client-centered and trauma-informed therapist, I view the therapeutic relationship as a collaborative space and a vehicle for change.
I am an advocate for Black, Brown, and LGBTQIA+ communities, regardless of immigration status. My goal is to contribute to the healing process of individuals holding marginalized identities. I am not in search of 'ideal clients', just individuals looking to integrate practical skills, effect change, improve quality of life, and perhaps heal wounds inherited through generational trauma.
I specialize in working with individuals who are seeking to shift their lives in a more joyful and gratifying direction. Together, we will uncover the patterns that are keeping you from living your most rewarding life. Whether you are seeking clarity in order to attract more fulfilling relationships or you want to find peace in healing family wounds and trauma, we will find the approach that fits you best. Through a nurturing, multifaceted process you will identify your inner limitations and discover a deeper meaning to your life.
Accepting new clients! Do you feel weighed down with overwhelming thoughts of depression and anxiety? Are you having more bad days than good? There are so many challenges we face throughout the day, it’s not easy to manage them all. If you need someone to talk to, I am here to listen and offer guidance to help you manage your thoughts and overcome these challenges. We will work together to build healthy coping and communication skills.
Life is full of challenges and unexpected changes. It is normal to struggle with these challenges and changes. However, if you are feeling stuck, anxious, depressed, struggling with self-identity, experiencing grief and loss, or other feelings/emotions/thoughts and feel ready to talk about it, I am here for you. I provide a safe space and support for you, by actively listening to your needs. We will walk through your struggles together. You will find a way to cope with a correct approach that fits your needs and the resources that you need.
The individuals who come to me for support are those struggling with eating disorders. We work together to identify goals that are important to you, and address some underlying self esteem concerns and lack of power within your life. Together, we take your power back, eliminating the compulsive need to control food. The second population I serve are those with marital and relationship issues. I have completed Level 1 training of the Gottman method and utilize the strategies to help couples identify the ways in which they sabotage their relationship and restore the friendship that originally brought you together as a couple.
Every family is fighting their own battle. Whether it is addiction, depression, or inability to get along, you are not alone. Sometimes those struggles become so overwhelming, that finding support is your best option. If you have decided to stop suffering alone, you are in the right place. I work with Mothers, Fathers and Families to address their individual and family struggles. Individuals who I help are often battling symptoms of: ADHD, Anger, Depression, Anxiety, Divorce, Sex and Porn Addiction or Life Transitions. See Personal Client Reviews at HealthGrades.com
If you or your partner struggle with addiction to pornography, love/sex, or alcohol/drugs then you need a therapist specifically trained to help. Signs of addiction and compulsivity include: being preoccupied with thoughts related to drug of choice (sex, porn, alcohol, drugs), hiding your behavior from others, hurting others emotionally because of your behavior, feeling controlled by the desire to use, or feeling depressed afterwards participating in your drug of choice (porn, sex, alcohol/drugs). A positive response to just one would indicate a need for additional assessment. Three or more indicates likely addiction present.
Providing a confidential, supportive environment where a client is heard and understood is extremely important, and I take this responsibility very seriously. Developing a relationship of trust is crucial to the process of change for clients of any age.
For many years, I have been helping my clients to lead happier and more fulfilling lives. One of my main psychotherapy approaches is cognitive-behavioral therapy, a well-established, efficient and effective form of psychotherapy. It directly targets the patient's thinking, and behavior, patterns that are producing psychological problems, and teaches the patient to change those patterns. In marital and family therapy, I help the parties to communicate better with one another and to reach agreements acceptable to all. If the children have behavior problems, I often help the parents to become more effective disciplinarians.
I have a straightforward approach to therapy which is solution-focused and effective. I specialize in treatment for Depression, Anxiety, and a variety of other diagnoses or situational issues. I provide individual and marital/couples counseling. I can work with you to improve the quality of your life.
My desire as a bilingual licensed counselor is to help individuals with their social-emotional issues and help them find themselves in who they are and what they want to accomplish in life. I believe that my experience has helped me prepare for various situations dealing with children, adolescents and adults of diverse cultures.
I view therapy as the process of investing in your growth as a person, a parent, and a partner. I have worked alongside people who have overcome their pain and suffering by focusing on a plan that centers on their strengths and resources. Our work could include a focus on how to build confidence, increase coping skills, process pain from the past, and learn to tolerate uncertainty about the future. Overall, I truly believe that with support and understanding, you have the ability and resilience to achieve your goals of wellness and health.
Feeling stuck? Former Chicago Social Worker of the Year (National Association of Social Workers). Published, award-winning author in the field. 25 yrs experience. English/Spanish.AAMFT clinical member/supervisor. Respectful, skilled, organized, friendly, approachable. Model based approach. Male/female; gay/lesbian. Goal based, non-pathologizing strength-based model. Highly recommended as humanistic, safe, therapist/supervisor. Workshops/training/consultation/training /supervision (LCSW,AAMFT):"How To Improve Your Marriage," "Thriving as a Working Mother," "Sexual Abuse Treatment/Prevention" "Child Abuse Treatment/Prevention" "Family Systems," "Life Coaching," "Postpartum Depression: Treatment/Prevention," "Latinas-Postpartum Depression: Treatment/Prevention."
Over the years of working with people in intense times of pain, conflict, loss, and hopelessness, I have been shown that people possess the ability to heal when given the opportunity in a safe environment. Working with adults in a variety of capacities, I have the perspective that through empowering relationships, people are better able to access growth, understanding, and positive change. Through compassion, reflection and understanding patterns of behavior, I facilitate a collaborative process of identifying goals, working toward self-understanding, and ultimately actualizing changes that people desire.
People inspire me... the way they meet the myriad challenges that life presents. Life can be difficult and most of the time we take it in stride and often retain our sense of humor in the midst of this difficulty. Sometimes, we are unable to do it alone. Taking the appropriate steps, you will persevere. Psychotherapy does work; further suffering is optional. Please call me for a free consultation: 708-271-2864.
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in Riverside 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 Riverside 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 Riverside, or Child Psychologists in Riverside.
Many find it useful to use filters to view only psychologists that have experience working with certain issues, like Riverside 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 Riverside 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.