I am an LMFT and have been offering therapeutic services for a little over 10 years. I had always had a passion for helping others and realized that this was something I wanted to do when I was still in Middle School. I work on developing a good therapeutic relationship with my clients and providing a safe environment to help ease the therapy process and help clients feel comfortable when meeting with me.
I mainly utilize a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approach. However, I will utilize an integrative approach when necessary. I am also trained in different Evidenced Based Practices (Parent-child interaction therapy, Trauma Focused-CBT, Seeking Safety, etc.) of, which are considered depending on the age of the client and the symptoms and behaviors that are presented.
I enjoy working with different populations of people including BIPOC, Women, Teens and young adults, etc.
My communication style
I keep a calm tone while in therapy and am sure to allow my clients an open the door to communicating about what may be troubling them. However, they need no judgment. I challenge my clients enough in order to help them in viewing their situations differently and provide feedback when needed. However, this is done in a gentle way to keep the clients from wanting to shut down.
My journey to mental healthcare
I have wanted to be a therapist since I was in the 8th grade. I have always wanted to help others in some way, and it was either going to be becoming an elementary school teacher or a therapist. Once I realized that being a therapist was what my heart was set on, I began my journey into this field once I got into college. I went to California Baptist University for my bachelor's and Brandman University for my Master's. I have worked at different agencies with kids as young as 2 months old to adults since beginning my training hours to becoming Licensed. I have been trained in several evidence-based practices (Parent-child interaction, Seeking Safety, Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Individualized Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, etc.) and continue to work on learning new approaches.
My goals for you
I enjoy seeing my clients be successful and progress in treatment which shows not only when they are beginning to meet their goals but are also able to take what they have learned and apply it to their lives when they are outside of the treatment sessions.
My first session with you
The first time a client comes in for treatment, an assessment is completed, which allows me to get to know the reason for seeking treatment, history, etc. The second session will then be a session of working on engagement to begin the process of starting the therapeutic relationship.