When working with clients, I believe that collaboration and understanding is necessary to move forward and enhance the gains envisioned by the client. The work I do is client-centered and based upon the notion that many of us desire to move towards personal growth, improvement and change.
I believe that people come to therapy with a myriad of strengths that can be harnessed for one's ultimate improvement. I personally go by the motto "progress, not perfection" and hope to provide you support in whatever concerns you may face.
Additionally, I understand that needs of my clients vary. Due to these variations, I incorporate techniques from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Additionally I have experience providing Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR).
Clinical Areas of Interest/Training
Clinically, I have experience working with Anxiety, Depression, Parent/Child Conflict, Intimate Partner Relational Problems, Transgender Issues, Trauma, Parenting Support.
I enjoy working with Middle School Aged Children, Teenagers, Families and Individuals.
I also have experience with Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR - More on this here) and exposure based techniques for trauma.
I earned my Masters and Doctoral Degree at the Illinois School of Professional Psychology in Chicago, IL. My predoctoral internship was completed at Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, which was aligned with the Department of Children and Family Services. During my predoctoral internship, I worked with children and adolescents who were wards of the state, as well as families who were involved with the Department of Children and Family Services in order to address familial discord, parental stressors, and work towards the healing of trauma. I also supported families in making steps towards reunification.
I then relocated to Northern California to complete my postdoctoral residency at Kaiser Permanente in Santa Clara, CA. During my residency, I worked with children, adolescents and families on a wide range of issues ranging from depression, anxiety and trauma to Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Since the completion of my postdoctoral residency, I continue to work with adults who have anxiety, depression, Autism, trauma and relational problems.
I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the state of California (PSY 25235).