I have personal, lived experience with all of my primary areas of focus. I have a wide array of specialties because life presented many unexpected changes that resulted in a fulfilling career.
I remember feeling out of place throughout my childhood, but I didn't know how to convey my feelings. My childhood was always unpredictable and chaotic so I was able to recognize those things in others. I didn't understand what I was feeling at the time, but I remember thinking, "how is no one seeing this or saying anything?". From a young age I had a deep sense of connection to the unmet needs of others. I was always told that I was "resilient" but I didn't want to have to be that, it didn't feel fair. Through my own personal growth I learned how to transform my emotional wounds into a way to serve others. We can't undo what was done to us, but we can take charge of how our needs are met from this point forward.
I am a Depth psychotherapist and strongly rely upon experiential therapy. This means that you can expect to address the underlying deeper issues.
One of the strongest components of the therapeutic process is receiving validation and genuine understanding. This results in a vulnerable and open relationship between the client and the clinician.
I have a diverse background and support issues in my practice, that I have personally experienced. I have worked in a variety of mental health, rehabilitation, and addiction settings, including both: in-patient psychiatric hospitals, treatment facilities, residential, and outpatient programs, as well as caregiving facilities for persons experiencing disabilities. I spent the first part of my career as a clinical case manager working with the homeless, veterans, and persons experiencing addiction and acute mental illness. My practice focuses on assisting individuals in establishing a centered approach to their lives by digging up the past and connecting to their core values.
Some of the most important aspects in my life include: advocacy, rehabilitation, fostered autonomy, and being in-tune with the needs of a wide variety of ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
I rely on your intuition and guide you to reaching your empowered self. Together we will connect to your mind, body, and unmet emotional needs.
I will help you recognize and understand how your emotions impact your thoughts and decisions. I will help you develop awareness of your internal thoughts, foster insight into your body’s responses, and teach you to listen through somatic awareness.
I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with over 18 years of clinical experience. In addition, I am a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor. Rehabilitation Counseling consists of providing services to persons with disabilities (including functional impairments). I provide therapeutic processing, psychoeducation, vocational counseling, coaching, life skill development, maintenance, and concrete tools for implementing changes.
Seeking patients in areas of California such as Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Calabasas, Coto de Caza, Laguna Niguel, Silicon Valley, Rancho Santa Fe, La Jolla, San Francisco
- Sexual Trauma and Sexually-related issues
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Loss of Identity
- Addiction and Chronic Relapse (including Recovery)
- Anger Management
- Persons with Disabilities (adjustment and acquisition)
- Cognitive Impairments (Traumatic Brain Injuries)