Thank you for taking time to read my profile! I'm a licensed psychotherapist and certified life and career coach specializing in emotional healing and living authentically as one's true self. It is a genuine privilege to be able to join clients in the meaningful task of transforming their lives so that they can heal past and current wounds, change behaviors and ways of being that no longer serve them, and mindfully work through feelings and emotions that may be disruptive to their most important relationships. Although betterhelp is primarily an 'online' service, many clients who decide to engage in therapy are wanting to experience a sense of meaningful contact and connection. Therefore, I find it crucial that we have at least one 'live' session (video, phone, or chat via the betterhelp platform) within the first two weeks of our beginning our work together so as to build a foundation for your successful therapeutic progress.
ABOUT ME: I'm a licensed (holistic-oriented) therapist in the state of California as well as an online Life and Career Coach working in my own private practice. I am also an educator and author specializing in dysfunctional / alcoholic family systems; recovering from childhood emotional abuse; and cross-cultural competency and diversity awareness. I was born into a severely dysfunctional alcoholic home and I understand what it is to feel broken, lost, and alone. My own life journey has been about expanding my awareness and broadening my perspective so as to help not only myself, but eventually many others, to better experience their own innate wisdom and wholeness. I particularly enjoy working with highly sensitive people, artists, writers, 12-step practitioners, spiritual seekers, people who pay attention to their dreams, and professionals in need of strategic career advice.
WHO I WORK BEST WITH: I know how important the initial connection with a therapist can be: It has been my experience that counseling is successful when there is a good relationship between the counselor and the client, and the client is as committed to their own process of healing as the counselor is. It is not enough to talk about change; client's must be supported by their counselor in experimenting with new ways of being in their life and in their relationships so that true and lasting transformation can occur.
It is therefore my goal that after our first session you feel that you were helped and have a new tool or two to use, even if your presenting problem might take some time for us to successfully work through and resolve. As a licensed Marriage, Family Therapist and Life and Career Coach I am able to help you address relationship concerns, boundary issues; family issues; self-esteem issues; and assist you in gaining awareness and maturing and growing as a person. I am likely the right therapist for you if you are functioning relatively well in your daily life and are not in any sort of immediate crisis, yet you feel it is time to start doing some inner exploration so as to improve your sense of well being and to help you realize your dreams and goals. You may feel that you are somehow 'stuck' in life and/or are repeating old patterns that no longer serve you today. Clients who feel that they are on some kind of 'spiritual path' tend to feel the most comfortable working with me, but this is not a requirement for me to accept you as my client.
MY APPROACH WITH CLIENTS: It is always exciting to see those I work with move through obstacles that have been holding them back as they learn to live in a more free, unencumbered manner. Your progress will depend on your dedication and commitment to the therapeutic process. While therapy can indeed help you to gain new insights and increase your awareness, it is also important to integrate these new awarenesses into your everyday, ordinary life so that meaningful transformation can occur. In our work together I will help you to identify ways of being that are keeping you 'stuck', including current behaviors that may be causing you to re-create painful situations from your past. At the same time, I will be inviting you to explore and experiment with new behaviors that may serve you better today. You will also learn how to make healthy, empowering choices, which will allow you to create a new reality / life story based on who you most truly are.
MY THEORETICAL ORIENTATION: I incorporate a blend of western psychological theories and eastern philosophical precepts and principles in my practice to help facilitate our work together. I will meet you where you are, find out where you want to go, and do all I can to help you to get there. My holistic focus means that we will explore your physical, mental, emotional, social, creative, and spiritual well being as we actively engage in the therapeutic process. Given my orientation is eclectic, I may draw from a variety of theories, including psychodynamic and attachment theories, jungian theory (including incorporating dreamwork and active imagination into the sessions) and gestalt approaches, emotionally focused and cognitive behavioral therapies, family systems, positive psychology, interpersonal and narrative therapies, and somatic therapies, as well as dream-work and the guiding principles of the Tao Te Ching and I Ching. I am also very comfortable working with Christian clients.
It would be a true joy to partner with you in this next phase of your life adventure, wherever this might lead us. May your journey toward experiencing expansive health and well-being begin here...
- Self esteem
I also have experience in Stress, Anxiety, Addictions, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related, Depression
LMFT #43860 (Expires: 2020-08-31)
I have been in need of therapy for quite some time but my schedule with work and school has not allowed for it. When my friend suggested betterhelp I knew it would be great for me, but I had no idea how great my therapist, Ms. Mandeville, would be. She listens and understands the places I'm coming from, and not only that but she uplifts and encourages me. I know that having her as my therapist is really going to be essential in my life, especially as I go into college and experience the changes of becoming an adult. I am so grateful that I was paired with her and I cant wait to see where our work takes us.
Rebecca was great at tuning into exactly what was going on with me at the time I contacted her. Very quickly I was able to try some of her 'tools' and techniques in the real world to get rolling on other parts of my life that I felt were being held back. I highly recommend her.
Rebecca is incredible. We’ve only started working together this past week, but she’s already been so responsive and helpful. It’s clear she has a deep expertise, and she does a great job of sharing both theory and helping me take direct action. I feel so lucky to have connected with Rebecca, and look forward to continuing to work together through my growth and healing journey.