I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Alcohol/Drug Counselor, in California, with more than 7 years of experience providing direct mental health therapy and alcohol/drug counseling. I have worked with individuals ages five to adult with a variety of presenting issues, including mood disorders, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, alcoholism and drug addiction, as well as family conflicts and teenagers’ issues. I am aware of cultural factors and I am sensitive and respectful of people’s values.
I have experience in different settings, schools, agencies and private practice. I certainly believe in people’s inner strengths and capacity to succeed and grow even during difficult times. My therapeutic approach is mainly cognitive/behavioral with extended use of solution focused, humanistic, strategic and structural systems theories also.
I basically meet you where you are at, then we decide the style that fits your needs, as we are going to be working together to help you meet your goals. My purpose is to help you gain or regain the level of functioning that you desire.
Regarding my education, I got my bachelor’s degree in Psychology in Colombia as well as a specialization in chemical dependencies. Then, in USA I got my master’s in clinical psychology with specialty in marriage and family therapy. I also got my certification as alcohol and drug counselor in USA and I have worked with teenagers, young adults and adults in individual and group counseling addressing anger management issues, domestic violence, alcohol/drug use and DUI.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Relationship issues
- Family conflicts
- Trauma and abuse
I also have experience in Addictions, LGBT, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, ADHD
LMFT #94184 (Expires: 2021-10-31)
Norma is a great counselor. I was going through a very difficult time and she was there anytime I needed her. Couldn’t have asked for better support.
Norma is a great therapist! She listens very well and is very understanding. She gives advice and exercises to practice that better help your mindset and point you in a more positive outlook.
Norma is fantastic. She has helped so much.
Norma made me feel understood and she is a good listener. I appreciate her help!!
Norma has been a gift from God. She is very talented. She is excellent at absorbing information and immediately processing that information into actionable tools and techniques to address my challenges. She is always present and excels at communicating in reflecting my thoughts which are substantive and well-researched. I have grown tremendously under her care and she is the reason I continue with BetterHelp! She is even and honest in her assessments and interventions.
Norma is attentive, thoughtful, and clearly cares about helping you. I was dealing with a lot of self-doubt and deep anxiety over bad life events and she helped me get back on my feet. She had deep insights into my experiences and helped me see them in new and helpful ways. I feel so much better now because of that.
I was dealing anxiety and panic attacks. Norma was able to talk me through coping mechanisms and really dig into how I can create change within myself. Thank you Norma!
She is great!
Norma is helpful and authentic. She Is a good listener and seeks to understand.
I felt like she actually cared. She was persistent. That means a lot.