I am a marriage and family therapist and I have been licensed in the state of California for 19 years. I have worked with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, grief and trauma. My areas of focus include complicated grief, trauma and women's issues.
My therapy style is warm and interactive. My approach to therapy is client centered: clients are the experts on their lives and determine the direction and depth of therapy. Through a strengths-based and solutions-focused lens, I draw on multiple treatment modalities to guide clients in identifying strengths and developing treatment plans that accomplish their goals. I assist clients in exploring relationships among thoughts, feelings, and behaviors to aid in discovering dysfunctional thought patterns leading to self-destructive behaviors and beliefs., I support clients through developing skills: mindfulness, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotion regulation with the goal of moving clients towards a life involving the capacity for experiencing joy and freedom.
I believe in treating anyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and I don't believe in stigmatizing labels. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, humanistic, psychodynamic and rational-emotive therapy. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs.
Additional areas of focus: LGBT, Relationship issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Coping with life changes, Compassion fatigue, Adoption and Foster Care, Aging and Geriatric Issues, BDSM, Kink, Alternative Sex Culture, Chronic Pain Illness and Disability, Codependency, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Domestic Violence, Eating and Food-Related Issues, Family of Origin Issues, Hearing Impaired, Hospice and End of Life Counseling, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Phobias, Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships, Post-traumatic Stress, Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Sexual Assault and Abuse, Somatization
Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Existential Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
CA LMFT 39843