I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California with over 10 years of experience. I have worked clients across the life span; my experience ranges from toddlers to young adults in foster care, school aged kids, college student, couples, families, homeless and the elderly population. I have worked with a wide range of client concerns including depression, anxiety, ADHD, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, self-esteem, and grief and loss issues just to name a few. I also helped many people who have experienced physical trauma or emotional abuse.
My counseling style is warm and interactive. I believe in treating anyone with respect, being sensitive, and meeting you where you are at. My approach combines a few theories that I pull from but I will primarily use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused, and Client Centered Therapy. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs and goals.
I like to provide feedback, share suggestions, and encourage home practice from our previous sessions so you can see the interventions used in action. I also believe in the healing process of therapy and I am also comfortable with focusing on helping you to heal by being a supportive presence. It takes a lot to seek help for a more fulfilling and happier life, I applaud you for taking the first step towards a change. I am here to support and empower you, and I look forward to working with you!
You don’t have to see the whole staircase, you just need to take the first step. –Martin Luther King
Additional areas of focus: Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Coping with life changes, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, Adoption and Foster Care, Attachment Issues, Blended Family Issues, Body Image, Codependency, Commitment Issues, Communication Problems, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD), Family Problems, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Isolation / Loneliness, Life Purpose, Midlife Crisis, Money and Financial Issues, Mood Disorders, Multicultural Concerns, Post-traumatic Stress, Self-Love, Sexuality, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
CA LMFT 117308
I am so grateful for Crystal’s knowledge, advice, and expertise. She understands and works with me to address my primary concerns, and I have learned so much from her. I have made a lot of progress since starting my therapy journey with Crystal, and I am so grateful for her.
Written on May 27, 2022 after therapy with Crystal for 1 year and 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes
Crystal is so helpful and listen to me so well. I am so grateful for the way she let's me be open and express myself. The progress I have made from working with Crystal has been so beneficial to my life!
Written on Mar 15, 2021 after therapy with Crystal for 10 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, and coping with life changes
She’s awesome! She’s the first therapist who actually put her full effort into me and the concerns that I had. No therapist I’ve had actually tried to use ERP for my OCD, even though that’s the evidence-based treatment. Crystal has, and it’s been so helpful. Thank you!!!
Written on Sep 21, 2020 after therapy with Crystal for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and self esteem