Whatever brings you here, whether you are looking to better understand yourself or your relationships, are facing a challenging adjustment, are overcoming past hurts, or even find yourself struggling to identify what exactly you are looking for… therapy may be just the space and relationship for you. I genuinely believe that psychotherapy can be beneficial to anyone looking for growth or change in their life. The reasons why people seek therapy can vary vastly from person to person and situation to situation. Regardless of the reason, seeking therapy is a courageous step and a beneficial investment for your psychological health and overall well-being!
I strive to provide a safe, collaborative, warm, and compassionate environment that is a space for support and self-discovery. I highly value individuals’ life stories and believe that we are all influenced by our early relationships and experiences. As we become more aware of our past experiences and their influence on us, we are positioned to make informed decisions that align with our values and are also positioned to learn new ways of relating to ourselves and others. The therapeutic relationship is as unique and individualized as each persons’ story. I primarily work from a relational and developmental psychodynamic perspective. However, when unique needs arise, I also integrate techniques from cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, emotion-focused therapy, acceptance commitment therapy, and mindfulness-based therapy.
I have had the honor of working with adults and couples from different cultural and ethnic backgrounds with a wide variety of concerns. I have experience working with individuals facing difficulties with adjustment, relational concerns, anxiety, depression, trauma-related concerns, life dissatisfaction/stress, seeking self-improvement, or experiencing religious and/or spiritual concerns. I also have experience working with couples who are struggling to navigate life stressors, seeking increased communication and connection, or are seeking premarital counseling. I earned my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from APA-accredited Rosemead School of Psychology at Biola University. I completed training over several years, including an APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship, at the Biola Counseling Center in La Mirada, Ca, where I gained extensive experience working with emerging adults and university students. During my doctoral studies, I also studied factors that impact the adjustment to college for students and parents.