My Approach to Helping
My priority is to make you feel comfortable, safe, and heard so you can be yourself and share what you’re going through. I know it’s important to trust your therapist so you can let your walls down and open up. Having a good fit with your therapist is important, and I’ll do everything I can to build rapport and provide you with an encouraging and nonjudgmental space where you can heal.
Using a warm, caring, and encouraging approach, I give you the time and space to open up when you’re ready. I find one of the best ways to get to make someone feel comfortable is using a sense of humor when appropriate. Trauma, illness, and medical conditions are never easy to deal with, but I’m here to help you through the process so you can begin to heal emotionally.
More Info About My Practice
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in California and received my Masters of Social Work Degree from California State University Long Beach. I have extensive hospital experience and have been working at Level I trauma center in Los Angeles since 2011, specializing in supporting those who have experience trauma. In 2019, I completed the Postpartum Support International Two-Day Certificate Training in Perinatal Mood Disorders: Components of Care. In addition to providing care in hospitals, I offer individual, couples, and group therapy in my office in Sherman Oaks, California.
How Psychotherapy Can Help
Therapy gives you the opportunity to talk to somebody who is neutral to any situation you may be going through. I find that it's helpful to have someone to listen and who can offer you a different perspective and help you think about things differently. It's important to be able to talk to someone who has no personal feelings about what's going on in your life, and offer you completely unbiased, objective guidance. Therapists is there for you and you only. They are there to give you one-on-one attention, fully listen to you, and give you space to be yourself without the fear of hurting the other person's feeling or being embarrassed. Therapy sessions are all about you, your emotional needs, and making you feel better.
My Role as a Therapist
I know therapy makes you vulnerable and can be scary. I create a supportive and nonjudgmental environment so you can feel comfortable enough to open up to me. I take the time to listen to you and act as a guide so you can make healthy decisions, create attainable goals, and come up with the best solutions yourself. The point of therapy is to make you feel better, and together that's what we'll do.
My Therapy Focus
If you've experienced trauma, have an acute or chronic medical condition, or are the loved one of someone who has trauma or illness, I?m here to help.
I have extensive experience working with those who have been hospitalized and their loved ones. I understand all of the emotions that can come up from being in a hospital, especially if you've had a bad experience. Are you struggling to come to terms with all of life's changes that come with acute and chronic medical conditions? Do you have to rely on someone else, no longer have the independence you once had, have to change your diet, or have physical limitations? Are you now the caregiver of someone who is dealing with a medical condition and feeling overwhelmed? Coping with illness or trauma, whether it's yourself or a loved one, can be difficult and can lead to anxiety, stress, and depression.
If you are dealing with familial trauma that goes back for generations, or a recent traumatic event, such as being the victim of assault or being in a car accident, it can profoundly change the way you view and live your life.
I also help parents struggling with postpartum depression and anxiety. It's not just something you get over, or grow out of. I offer warm and nonjudgmental therapy so you can get the help you need to feel better and in control.