Life is not what it's supposed to be. It is what it is. The way you cope with it is what makes the difference. - Virginia Satir (1916-1988)
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California with 10 years experience. I am able to understand oppression and life's difficulties as I was born with Cerebral Palsy and overcome them every day. My approach is a mixture of therapeutic modalities, which enable me to be empathetic, non-judgmental and caring, with my primary focus using a combination of Humanistic (Satir), Cognitive-Behavioral, and Gestalt methods. In 2006 I began graduate studies at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), pursuing a Master's Degree in Counseling with focus on Marriage and Family Therapy. Practicum experience was in a variety of therapeutic settings, including high school with at-risk teens, individuals with disabilities at Disabled Resources Center Long Beach, and young children and teens at Blind Children's Learning Center. In 2013, I added a Drug and Addiction Counselor certification to my experience and worked for two years in a drug and addiction recovery outpatient setting, adding certifications as a CADC I and CATC IV. In that same time period, I also served as a pre- and post-test counselor at The Center OC providing test results and counseling to the LGBTQIA community as well as others coming in for HIV testing.
In my personal life, I enjoy anything to do with people especially if it involves my passion as an avid Disney fan and being involved in a magical experience. I do a lot of charity work and spent much of my youth raising funds for United Cerebral Palsy and in adulthood for Disabled Student Services at CSULB. I'm also a recipe collector and food fan.
I look forward to helping you bring out your genuine self and working with you.
- Relationship issues
- Career difficulties
I also have experience in Stress, Anxiety, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Sleeping disorders, Anger management, Self esteem, Depression
LMFT #MFT108442 (Expires: 2020-08-31)
Robert is an adept listener and adapted easily to address the specific needs and issues I had for a given session. He is compassionate, caring, smart, open, non-judgemental and funny (only when appropriate, or course), and willing to tell you what he thinks if you ask. I feel fortunate to have had him as a resource to keep me on track while trying to make some important life decisions. He helped me stay more rational, and focused on the weight, importance and actual challenge of various issues which for me, can get easily thrown out of perspective during tough transitions and big life decisions.
Rob is very empathetic, caring, and listens closely and well. He offers stories from his own life when appropriate. He is non-judgmental and also offers practical tips for dealing with various life situations.
I found his recommendations regarding interpersonal relationships to be especially helpful. He breaks things down into manageable pieces. I highly recommend Rob.
In our first call, Rob got my issue down to a T. By the second call, I was in tears - which I known isn’t necessarily the goal, but there was definitely raw emotion there that he was able to get out of me. I highly recommend him if you’re willing to get very “real” with yourself and are prepared to take action for yourself. This isn’t a “venting” type of therapy session. We talked about things I could do to improve my situation and I really appreciate that approach.
Robert helped me get through one of the toughest time in my life.
Rob is a good listener and he makes you think. He is very direct and he demands honesty of thought and feeling to oneself. I have never had a counselor that was so demanding of my feelings. It has been a difficult yet refreshing experience. I would highly recommend Rob as long as you are ready to honest with yourself!
He's been very understanding and kind. This is my first time in counseling and I'm very nervous, but he has made this very easy.
Rob is a great counselor and a man who understands the human trials we all face and considers them unique, never the same. He takes on a more humanist approach which feels a lot more natural and comfortable than feeling like you're under a microscope by a figure in a lab coat, so to speak. He was catching things I was doing after only one session, which is great to see that he pays close attention to you.
Today was my first day working with Rob over the phone. I felt like me and him connected right off the bat, me and him have a lot in common. I felt like he understood where I was coming from. He is very caring and so nice.