My Approach to Helping
My approach is non-confrontational, with practical suggestions to help you gain self-control over your emotions, thoughts, and behaviors. I use cognitive-behavioral and positive psychology approaches and include biofeedback, EMDR, and psychopharmacological education, if indicated. My goal is to not only to listen and support you, but to give you practical tools to help you make changes.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
My primary specialities are anxiety, addictive disorders, trauma, mood disorders (particularly bipolar disorder), traumatic bereavement, and relationship issues.
My Role as a Therapist
My goal is to help empower you to take charge of your own symptoms. Self-regulatory skills help you to achieve more control of your own behaviors. I teach skills to regulate both body and mind, and may include biofeedback, somatic techniques, and cognitive-behavioral skills in your sessions.
Important Factors for Choosing a Therapist
A therapist should be empathetic and non-judgmental, but also education in the particular issues they treat. I also believe they should serve the community.
I am a licensed psychologist in California, New Mexico and Wisconsin. I hold a post-doctoral MS in Clinical Psychopharmacology, am Board Certified in Biofeedback, and am a Master Addiction Counselor. I also have broad educational and life experiences.
I serve actively with the Red Cross Disaster Mental Health Team and with Survivors of Suicide Loss. I have taught psychopharmacology as Adjunct Faculty at Alliant University, served as a Board Member of the CPA Psychopharmacology Division and with SMART Recovery San Diego.