My Approach to Helping
I embrace a strength based, nonpathologizing (Meaning I will not categorize you or label you with a diagnosis. Your experience is unique and your narrative will be told from your point of view and not a book) and collaborative form of therapy that will allow you to discover your natural capacity for personal growth and wellness. By providing a safe, supportive & nonjudgmental setting we will work together to guide you in the direction you are looking for. In voicing an alternative path we will reconstruct your desired story in order to highlight your unique qualities, strengths and natural competencies to guide your life.
More Info About My Practice
I am currently a doctoral candidate at Alliant International University where my dissertation topic is on the Narratives of Resilient Latino Mothers who have a child diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. I am passionate about working with children, parents and families who are influenced by the Autism Spectrum Disorder. I have an extensive background in working with the population including ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) and Traditional Psychotherapy. I work with individuals, couples and families in supporting and understanding ASD with the mind, body, and emotions. I am trained in a variety of marital & couple programs including Prepare and Enrich, Relationship Enhancement: Mastering the Mysteries of Love & Working with Step Families.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
I am also certified through NAMA (National Association of Anger Management) and CAAMP (California Association of Anger Management Providers) as an anger management specialist and can provide you with approved documentation for mandated individuals. I run a group of up to 5 individuals in understanding and empathizing primary and secondary emotions related to anger, sadness, hurt and disappointment. Mindfulness, guided imagery including safe place is a primary practice used to understand our emotions. The class focuses in increasing empathy, patience and effective communication skills.