Therapeutic Approach: The reasons people choose to invest in therapy varies greatly. Because the process of developing a deeper understanding of oneself and others can be both rewarding and challenging, I believe that providing a safe, non-judgmental space is essential. I have worked with a wide range of concerns, and understand that letting someone into your internal world—your thoughts and feelings that others may not know, see, or understand—can feel uncomfortable and elicit additional worries. I value and appreciate clients sharing their experiences so we may highlight their strengths and gain a compassionate understanding of their challenges. I believe that with greater self-compassion and self-understanding comes a greater ability to manage stressful situations and identify options that enhance versus diminish one’s quality of life.
I use an integrative theoretical approach and draw heavily upon cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal process, emotion-focused and mindfulness based principles and practices. Jointly, we will map out a plan for addressing what motivated you to pursue therapy and identify options for creating the personal change you want to experience.
Background: I earned my Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. I completed an APA-accredited internship at Southern Illinois University Carbondale’s Counseling Center and a postdoctoral fellowship at University of California Santa Cruz’s Counseling and Psychological Services. Prior to pursuing my doctorate, I attended El Camino Community College and transferred to California State University Long Beach where I earned my B.A. in psychology. I have worked in both university and community-based settings.