I have always valued people who were considered different, unusual, strange, or odd. These people are often the underdogs, the ones society rejects, ignores, or discourages because they don't fit into standard categories. Society tends to be a limiting factor because of the constant push to label or categorize people. I have always been a fan of people who throw these labels to the wind and march to the beat of their own drum. These people are unique, and they are often the ones who end up changing the world because they forge their own paths instead of following the crowd.
I base my treatment philosophy around developing your strengths, uniqueness, authenticity, and your own innate wisdom. Going against what society expects of you can often be isolating and painful. I love helping people see their potential, recognize and embrace their strengths and uniqueness, and change patterns that are no longer working for them.
I graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a B.A. in Psychology (minor in Sociology). From there I continued my education and received a M.A. in Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (#88540) in the state of California. I have experience treating stress, anxiety, depression, relationship issues and trauma. In addition, I have worked for The LGBTQ Center in Long Beach and provided individual, couples and family therapy. I have also worked for a domestic violence (intimate partner violence) shelter as well as field based programs to provide supportive and therapeutic services towards the older adult population.