I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a psychotherapy private practice in Santa Clarita, CA. I have a Master’s Degree in Social Work with a specialization in Mental Health from The University of Hawaii and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Cal State University, Northridge. I have additional advanced training from Maternal Mental Health Now to work with mother’s navigating the emotional changes that can surface due to the addition of a new baby.
I bring over 15 years of clinical experience to my work as a psychotherapist and have worked in various clinical settings, including inpatient psychiatric units, integrated care settings, non-profit community-based/in-home outreach and private practice. I am bilingual and provide services in both English and Spanish.
MY THERAPEUTIC APPROACH
Most important to me is the relationship between therapist and client. I focus on getting to know you and establishing a safe, healthy, comfortable, and supportive relationship. My approach in therapy is strength based, combining warmth, sincerity, compassion and respect. Along with pulling therapy strategies from various theories of personality and counseling, I work with you to take your unique experiences and needs to develop an individualized healing roadmap that will facilitate your goals in therapy and life. My integrated approach is most influenced by:
- Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy: This approach emphasizes the connection between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors and teaches tools and strategies to interrupt negative thought patterns and behaviors that are consequently impacting how we feel.
- Psychodynamic Therapy: This approach looks at how one’s early experiences affect current feelings about oneself and current relationships. Oftentimes when we feel caught in repetitive thought and behavioral patterns that do not facilitate growth and joy. It can be useful to explore how we made sense of early life experiences.
- Mind-Body /Mindfulness Therapy: This approach emphasizes calming the mind and body and has tools and strategies that teach how to be fully present in the moment in order to experience a greater sense of tranquility.
- Self-Compassion Therapy: This approach teaches understanding, acceptance and love for one self. It emphasis obtaining a sense of self-worth and acceptance of one’s own flaws.
- Solution-Focused Therapy: This approach emphasizes finding solutions to present and future goals rather than focusing on past experiences. It is goal-oriented and short-term.