Hi, I am a licensed clinical social worker in San Diego, California. My primary background experience is in helping clients to regain/increase control over their mental health, via developing increased insight/understanding of symptoms, identifying and utilizing coping skills, developing positive support systems, and increasing ability to problem-solve/navigate challenges.
I have worked with adults in multiple settings, including those experiencing active crisis within acute locked psychiatric care, clients coming into an outpatient clinic for mental health services and counseling/groups, clients utilizing substance use disorder treatment individually and in groups, and adult clients with developmental disabilities in the group home setting. Professionally, I've worked both as direct care staff as well as in management and supervisor roles, and have also mentored undergrad and grad students.
I'm looking forward to meeting you and offering you support.
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Social Anxiety and Phobia
Clinical approaches: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy
CA LCSW 94348
I started with Alvin several months ago at a time when I felt things were shifting in my work, family, and relationship life (platonic and romantic). After addressing some foundational understandings about my development and progress as an adult, I began to better understand who I was and what thoughts I was allowing hold me back from going after what I wanted. With Alvin's encouragement, I felt more comfortable setting my own boundaries and pursuing things that were right for me. In addition, he was accessible, responsive to my messages, and understood my triggers in a considerate way. I'm very grateful.
Written on Sep 15, 2021 after therapy with Alvin for 6 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, and coping with life changes
I will recommend anyone to my counselor he give me goals and encourage me always
Written on Jan 20, 2021 after therapy with Alvin for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, and grief