My Approach to Helping
The first therapy session can feel nerve-wracking. I aim to provide an inviting space where you can feel comfortable sharing your thoughts and feelings.
We will begin our session by discussing what brings you into the office. I find that three reasons primarily drive people to seek treatment.
Humanistic- You want a sense of support; you seek a space where it’s safe to explore your daily stressors and feelings with someone who understands.
Cognitive- You want practical tools and solutions to cope with specific problems, such as depression, anxiety, self-esteem, relationships, and more.
Psychodynamic- You want to better understand how your past has impacted you. You might feel stuck in specific issues that happened when you were younger, and you’d like to learn how to reconcile them.
Many clients enter therapy with a notion of what the process might look like. However, the process is different for everyone. Additionally, you may not know exactly what you want, but you know you want to feel differently about your life. All of these are normal reactions. In our first session, we will identify your priorities and goals and begin the journey.
I provide my best work when my clients and I share a collaborative process. That means I want your feedback. I want to know what’s working (or not working) when it comes to our sessions together. My approach is rooted in research on feedback informed treatment, which indicates that client input can dramatically improve the psychotherapy process.
More Info About My Practice
I pursued a few paths before my career in mental health. I studied Modern Literature at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Literature helps us understand the breadth of the human experience and explore the depths therein. That said, this foundation has shaped me into being a more understanding person and attentive and creative therapist. After graduating, I worked as a mathematics and science tutor. Teaching various people in different stages of development gave me a sense of the different ways we all grow towards similar goals.
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is a major part of my life - I have trained in this martial art for more than a decade. After discovering this fascinating game of human chess, it became a significant component of my own self-care and personal development. My training, teaching and competing represent an integral part of developing a healthy relationship with masculinity.
Through coaching and teaching, I have learned how to connect, support, and motivate others - all of which inform my practice as a psychotherapist.
I received my MS in Counseling from California State University, Long Beach. Since then, I’ve worked in group practices and outpatient treatments specializing in healthy relationships, substance use, depression and anxiety, and issues pertinent to the LGBTQ community.
My Role as a Therapist
My approach as a therapist is multidisciplinary. In working with clients, I integrate my academic background, clinical expertise, and involvement with academic and athletic coaching.
I have extensive experience working with both individuals and couples in various group practices and outpatient treatment centers. Many of my clients include working professionals, gay and lesbian adults, and dating or married couples. My clinical specialities include: fostering and maintaining healthy relationships, managingrecovering from depression and anxiety, coping and building resilience with difficult life transitions, building healthy roadmaps for substance use issues (symptom management, moderation, abstinence, etc.), and navigating struggles pertinent to gay and lesbian clients.
Therapy is a place for self-development. Change can be hard, but the therapeutic relationship provides space for moving from one place of existence to another. I aim to combine both research and my own professional experiences to lead people into finding satisfaction and enjoyment in their lives.