My Approach to Helping
The healing process can be experienced as a challenging journey. It will require your willingness to want to make changes in your life. I understand that reaching out for help may not be easy for you. I also understand that for some folks asking for help means "weakness." I want to invite you to challenge yourself. I want to invite you to view "asking for help" as a strength and an acknowledgment that the "status quo" is no longer serving you.
You may have even attempted to seek counseling in the past , and forgotten about it as the busyness of your life distracted you.
I am here to help you build a healthy relationship with yourself. I strongly believe that the foundation of all healthy romantic relationships and friendships, is rooted in self compassion. I would like to collaborate with you and help you work towards creating a life that reflects your authentic values. I will tailor sessions in a way that meets your individual therapeutic needs, as no two people are the same.
I believe that the first and most important part of the healing process is recognizing that you may need some help navigating your way through your problems. Finding the right therapist is a crucial aspect of the healing process. Feeling heard, respected, understood, safe, and comfortable with your therapist can make the journey of self-discovery much easier.
More Info About My Practice
As an adjunct faculty member and group facilitator at Pepperdine University, I have learned that the best way to assist others is through collaboration and compassion. I am passionate about witnessing others grow emotionally and live more meaningful lives. My therapeutic experiences include but are not limited to the following: substance abuse, other addictions, motherhood issues, dating, breakups, premarital therapy, anxiety, depression, immigration issues , body image, and self esteem).
I have a great sense of appreciation regarding the impacts of cultural societal norms, age, and family expectations on clients' mental well being. I have had the privilege of working with many clients struggling with developing a life that feels "balanced" and less stressful, while continuing to be there for their loved ones. REMEMBER, " YOU CAN'T POUR FROM AN EMPTY CUP." The first step towards healthy relationships is to build a healthy relationship with yourself. Therapy can be the stepping stone towards learning to be "OK" with creating space for yourself in the world that can appear demanding at time.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
As a woman, I know that life can appear to be challenging at times. I am strongly passionate and motivated to help other women live lives that reflect their authentic values. I have assisted many women through group therapy and individual therapy. So often, I have heard that women are more comfortable with the process of helping others, rather than helping themselves and focusing on their own emotional needs. Women are often worried about being called"SELFISH." THERE IS A BIG DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BEING SELFISH, AND SELF-CARING. I am here to help you with finding balance in your life. Together, we will work on helping you rebuild a healthy and loving relationship with yourself. As I strongly believe that the quality of your relationship with yourself will impact the quality of your relationship with those around you.
YOU DESERVE TO TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF, WITHOUT FEELING GUILTY !!!
What I Say to People Concerned about the Therapy Process
Often, clients share " I am both excited and nervous to start therapy." Stepping into a stranger's office and sharing your life story is not easy. Seeking therapy does not mean you are weak, it means you are brave enough to take steps towards creating new patterns and working on building a healthy relationship with yourself. Clients have shared that they find my therapeutic approach to be warm and non-judgmental. Together, we will identify what has been keeping you feeling "STUCK," and help you develop healthy coping skills needed to manage your problems. I look forward to hearing from you and feel honored to be included in your path towards a more meaningful life.