I am a marriage and family therapist and I have been licensed in California with over 25 years of experience working as a Psychotherapist, Clinical Supervisor, Program Manager, Regional Director and Executive Director of various clinical and community based programs. Over the years, I have worked with a wide variety of individuals and families of all ages, in many different environments including private practice, schools, clinics, field work, etc. I am experienced in working with multiple issues such as depression, anxiety, phobias and OCD, self-esteem and confidence issues, trauma/PTSD, homelessness, severe mental illness and more. I believe strongly that each person has unique strengths that can be discovered and magnified to achieve one's own path to happiness and wellness .
My approach to therapy is empathic and supportive, but I understand that the client and their needs direct the therapy work itself. I view my role as one of providing structure, guidance, and motivation as it is needed. I encourage my clients to be vocal about their needs and what they hope to get out of therapy. I am accepting and supportive of all people, and I honor diversity. I often utilize CBT techniques to challenge and change negative thinking patterns, and encourage and assist people to find their own strengths and talents that will be critical along the journey to wellness.
I believe that the therapeutic relationship is the single most important ingredient to transformational healing and growth. Everyone deserves to be seen, heard, and valued for who they are. As your partner in this process, you can count on me to be fully engaged, meet you where you are, and affirm your worth every step of the way. The therapeutic process should be intriguing, empowering, and rewarding throughout the journey.
I look forward to working with you!
I am a Solution-Focused Therapist who incorporates a variety of Psychodynamic and Evidenced-Based therapies from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to Mindfulness.
Trauma and abuse
Coping with life changes
Also experienced in:
Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Grief , Parenting issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Compassion fatigue , ADHD , Aging and Geriatric Issues , Read more...
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
Years of Experience: 25
Additional areas of focus: Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, Aging and Geriatric Issues, Attachment Issues, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Chronic Pain Illness and Disability, Communication Problems, Control Issues, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Emptiness, Family of Origin Issues, First Responder Issues, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Impulsivity, Intellectual Disability, Isolation / Loneliness, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Mood Disorders, Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Phobias, Postpartum Depression, Post-traumatic Stress, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Social Anxiety and Phobia, Somatization, Trichotillomania, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
CA LMFT 32476
I LOVED working with Colleen.
Written on Mar 01, 2023 after therapy with Colleen for 8 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, bipolar disorder, and adhd
Colleen has changed my life to put it simply. She has shown me how to grow and support myself, recognize my strengths and openly allows me to recognize things for myself. She’s given me useful tools and techniques to use in my daily life that work with my anxiety. She listens and is so professional about everything. I adore her as a human and a therapist. Truly a gem !!!!
Written on Dec 30, 2022 after therapy with Colleen for 8 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, and self esteem
Colleen is awesome. She’s kind and validating and a great listener and she always has evidence-based and experience-based strategies to help tackle my problems.
Written on Dec 02, 2022 after therapy with Colleen for 8 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, and self esteem
Colleen has been a game changer for me in terms of getting through some past tough relationship abuse and also in terms of building my self esteem and confidence. I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a therapist.
Written on Sep 23, 2022 after therapy with Colleen for 7 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and coping with life changes
Colleen is great!! She is so kind and has helped me so much in such a short amount of time!!
Written on May 25, 2022 after therapy with Colleen for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem
Colleen is extremely supportive and helpful. She validates my feelings and has made me feel so much better. I’m now able to cope better with the everyday struggles of life.
Written on Apr 13, 2022 after therapy with Colleen for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and coping with life changes