Welcome! Thank you for taking the time to get to know more about me.
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor specializing in individual, couples, and family therapy, and maintain a private practice in Huntington Beach, California. As a graduate of Alliant International University specializing in marital and family therapy, I am currently serving as a private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients. Among my areas of expertise are working with both children and adults suffering from anxiety, depression, relational issues, family conflict, trauma, and domestic violence.
I am the mother of a 5 year-old son. Just like many couples, the transition from duo to trio can be a joyous experience, but it brings about new challenges. I can help you avoid the pitfalls of parenthood by focusing on intimacy, changing negative interactional cycles, and creating a home environment that is nurturing.
I am an interactive, client centered therapist who focuses on working in the here-and-now. My therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. I integrate complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, I work with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.
I am a California Certified Gambling Counselor in helping problem gamblers and affected individuals through the CALGETS program.
Professional Training I have specialized training in working with couples, military members/families/veterans, and domestic violence survivors/abusers. In addition, I integrate my training in mindfulness in helping individuals heal and realize their full potential.
In working with couples: I have trained in and uses the research-based approaches of Gottman Method Couples Therapy and Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy in my work. I have completed Level I Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy with John Gottman, Ph.D. and Julie Schwartz Gottman, Ph.D. I have trained in an externship on Emotionally Focused Therapy with Dr. Susan Johnson.
In working with domestic violence: I have been trained by the Relationship Training Institute with David B. Wexler, Ph.D. in the STOP Program in working with domestic violence offenders. I am also trained in providing hope and healing working with domestic violence victims and their families by completing the Domestic Violence Counselor Advocate Training with the Women Shelter of Long Beach.
In working with veterans: I have worked with trauma survivors and veterans at the Women's Mental Health Center at the Long Beach Veteran's Healthcare System in providing individual and group therapy. In collaboration with Military One Source, I provide short-term non-medical counseling as an independent contractor.
Professional Activities and Member: I am a proud clinical member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. I am also a volunteer with the Soldiers Project, an organization that offers free, confidential psychological counseling for military members and their loved ones.