My Approach to Helping
My areas of focus include narcissistic abuse recovery, healing from trauma (specifically child abuse, sexual abuse, & incest), utilizing mindfulness with anxiety & stress, personal growth & life transitions, and working with individuals and couples on relationship and intimacy work--including high-conflict divorce and separation, co-parenting, blended families, and stepfamilies. I work with teens, adults of all ages, couples, and families, and operate through an all-inclusive lens, utilizing evidenced-based practices from a Humanistic, feminist, anti-racist, person-centered, strength-based, LGBTQIA+ affirmative and trauma-informed perspective.
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #133468. I earned my M.A. in clinical psychology with an MFT emphasis at Pepperdine University. Building on my past work as an educator, I began my journey as a therapist working with children and adolescents at a school-based site, and with individuals, families, and couples at a community mental health agency.
In addition to my MFT and clinical experience, I have completed Level 1 and Level 2 training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy — to enhance my work with couples, and EMDR Basic Training — to offer an additional evidence-based tool when working with trauma. I am trained in ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) which is particularly useful in working with anxiety, relational concerns, and life transitions.
More Info About My Practice
In-person sessions are offered in Downtown Culver City, California. For vaccinated clients, masks are optional, depending on your comfort level. Masks are required for unvaccinated clients.
Telehealth sessions are available for clients throughout the state of California.
How My Own Struggles Made Me a Better Therapist
I draw from my experience as a Latina woman in a multicultural marriage, a person who has lived through childhood trauma, who has experienced divorce and single motherhood raising a neurodivergent child, as well as remarriage and the beautiful complications of being a stepparent and co-creating a blended family. Most importantly, I am a person who knows that life, sometimes . . . it's complicated. And, that's ok.
Importance of the Client-Therapist Alliance
I believe that the relationship between the client and the therapist is the most important factor in a client having a successful outcome. A good relationship should mean that you feel at ease and can share anything that is on your mind without fear of judgment; that your concerns are always met with compassion, and encouragement toward finding your own self-compassion as well; that you are met with unconditional positive regard; and that YOUR voice is the final determination on what your goals are and how you will go about meeting them. I believe that a quality therapist is a partner in the process, there to hold space for the feelings that sometimes seem overwhelming and the hope, that may sometimes be hard to find.