I am a Licensed Clinical Social worker with over 20 years of experience working in the mental health field. I received my Master of Social work degree from Cal State East Bay focusing on community mental health in 2013. Within the last 8 years, I have worked at the West Contra Costa Youth Service Bureau as a Clinician providing counseling to youth ages 7-18. Many of the youth I serve have been exposed to multiple traumatic events including domestic violence, and community violence. Many of the clients I service I have a wide variety of concerns including depression, anxiety, suicide ideation, irritable and angry outburst, isolation, and low impulse control. I have also served as a clinical intern for 5 years at the Northern California Family Center where I provided individual psychodynamic therapy to children and adults diagnosed with ADHD, General Anxiety, Depression, and Pica. Additionally, I supported families and couples with conflict resolution.
I have a warm and friendly approach to the clients I serve. I am passionate, nonjudgmental, and listen to clients' needs. I have a resourceful approach to the clients I work with and support them with identifying immediate needs prior to addressing therapeutic needs. I believe in empowering others and supporting others with finding their true self. I have used seeking safety, motivational interviewing, and psychodynamic therapy when working with my existing clients.
Additional areas of focus: Addictions, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue
Clinical approaches: Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
CA LCSW 102342
Annette is simply awesome! I feel very grateful to have her as my therapist!
Written on Jan 11, 2023 after therapy with Annette for 1 year on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and coping with life changes
With the help of Annette's warm and gentle approach I have been able to open up and express difficult things in such a way that they no longer have control over me. They never disappear, but I can start to accept them. Through our work, I have built a stronger foundation to stand on that can withstand the difficulties better. I have gotten renewed insight into the strengths and support systems that already exist in my life and this insight has broadened my view of my life overall. I highly recommend Annette.
Written on May 25, 2022 after therapy with Annette for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, coping with life changes, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, and parenting issues
This was my first experience attending therapy and Annette made it such a pleasant experience for me. Annette was great at listening to the challenges that I faced and came up with helpful exercises to help me through them. Through therapy, I regained my sense of self and am stronger for it. I feel better about my past traumatic experiences and I look forward to what the future holds. The platform itself made it really easy for me to find help in a short amount of time and it was convenient to have all my sessions online.
Thank you Annette for all the awesome work that you do (:
Written on Apr 07, 2022 after therapy with Annette for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and trauma and abuse
ANNETTE, IS AWESOME...!
Written on Feb 04, 2022 after therapy with Annette for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and