My Approach to Helping
Searching for a new therapist can be a dizzying experience, so I am glad that you have made it this far. Sometimes it can be so overwhelming for people to face their challenges that it is easier to just avoid it all together. So, congratulations on taking this first step and searching. Taking care of your emotional health is such an important and worthwhile endeavor, and I firmly believe that every person could benefit from quality psychotherapy. Your life is precious and sometimes it can be a bit scary to let somebody new into it, so I am honored that you are taking the time to consider me as your therapist. Here I will tell you a little about me, and I look forward to hearing about you soon. The best thing you can do is give me a call so that we can chat person-to-person and discuss how I can help.
Over the course of my career it has become clearer to me that life is just hard sometimes, plain and simple. We all go through emotional struggles, no matter where we come from. Most of the time we can get knocked down, pick ourselves back up and keep moving along the path of life. Sometimes, though, these challenges can be so significant that they get in the way of us living the lives we want to live. We can't think as clearly. We don't work as well. We don't love as well. We sometimes don't know why we're even here. I have faith that through psychotherapy, you can break free from the obstacles that keep you suffering and learn a new way to live that restores your life to a happy and meaningful journey.
I consider myself to be a loving, kind, and thoughtful therapist. I believe in my clients, and I work with them as a team. Sometimes I am here to listen when no one else will. Sometimes I am here to offer solutions that my clients haven't thought of. Everyday I make it a goal to restore hope for my clients that they CAN be the happiest they've ever been before. I truly love this work and consider it a privilege.
More Info About My Practice
I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (#4677), licensed by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.
I utilize a variety of therapeutic approaches, and most often I integrate several strategies so that I can individualize each client's treatment. I most often select techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness based approaches, and Solution-Focused Therapy. I believe that most mental health issues need to be tackled through the mind, body, and spirit. A lot of research shows that no matter what style of therapy one uses, the most important factor in client growth and improvement is the relationship between the client and the therapist. It is incredibly important to me that I build trust with my clients and give them a safe and comfortable environment to explore their innermost thoughts and feelings with me.
I am particularly skilled and interested in working with clients with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse issues (whether in active drug or alcohol addiction or in recovery). However, I welcome all types of clients and enjoy having a variety in my practice!
What I Love about Being a Psychotherapist
There is nothing more rewarding to me than being invited into the lives of other people and helping them discover solutions to make their lives more fulfilling and enjoyable. It is an honor and privilege, and I couldn't imagine a different career. The human mind is absolutely fascinating! When I watch people grow and transform, it fills me with so much gratitude. I see the beauty of the universe in my clients. I watch how hard they work to improve themselves, and that is incredibly admirable.
On the Fence About Going to Therapy?
I think that many people consider going to therapy but never make it for a variety of reasons. Maybe you've heard some negative things about what therapy is like. Maybe you're wondering if it is a worthwhile investment or use of your time and money. I can certainly understand those things. My suggestion is that you give it a try, because it is always your choice to decide how long you want to participate in therapy. Invest in yourself, because you are completely worth it.