My Approach to Helping
I have been in the mental health field for 5 years. I graduated from California State University, Northridge with a Master’s of Social work degree. I am trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) which is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress.
I have the most experience treating complex traumas, anxiety, depression, self-harm, suicidal ideation, anger issues, relationship issues, family conflict, and stress. Some diagnoses I have worked with are General and specified Anxieties, Major Depressive disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Oppositional defiant disorder, Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, Bipolar disorder, Schizophrenia, Personality disorders, Eating disorders, and substance use. Populations I have worked with are people from low socioeconomic status, LGBTQIA+ community, people of color, and age range from 2-70 years old.
I believe in working side by side with my clients. I think the key component to the therapeutic relationship is transparency and communication. The therapeutic relationship is a journey in which you are the expert at your own life and I am your mentor & guide. I believe in empowering you to make changes. My approach is to use the healthy environment of the therapeutic setting to instill better habits through coping skills and psychoeducation tailored to your needs. Theoretical practices and themes I root my practice in are Strengths-based, Solutions focused, Narrative theory, and psychotherapy. I believe in therapy because I believe people have the power to heal if given the opportunity.