There are lots of therapists out there, and each one has a unique style. Mine is to focus, laser focus, on positive changes my clients can make to feel better now. While the past may give us some helpful insights I help my clients look optimistically to the future.
My lens on the world is wide. I’m an urban-dwelling Bay Area transplant. I worked for two decades in small, mid-sized and large organizations as a busy leader and manager. I understand the complexities of today’s working person and aim to help my clients navigate the personal and professional relationships in their lives.
My Therapeutic Background
I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Louisiana and a Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from Dominican University of California. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California (MFC 86596).
I work with clients around a variety of issues and specialize in anxiety and sexuality concerns. In my practice I integrate a number of research-based treatment options including Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Mindfulness practices also play an important role in my work
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
Acceptance and Committment Therapy (ACT) is all about creating a life that is meaningful and rich. The acronym ACT gives a hint of what this is about - identifying what is important in life and then taking action. Taking action often brings up unpleasant stuff - fears, shame, difficult thoughts and other painful internal experiences. ACT provides methods for relating to these difficult internal experiences in a way that they have less power and influence. Ultimately, ACT isn't just about feeling better but about living better.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Thoughts are powerful. A single problematic thought can have a big impact and when we have challenging thoughts difficult feelings aren't far behind. This unpleasant internal experience often leads to behaviors that are at best not helpful and growth oriented and at worse are destructive. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) focuses on identifying and changing negative thoughts and thought patterns. These changes can lead to a better mood and more positive behaviors.
Mindfulness is an intentional awareness of what is going on right here, right now with an attitude of openness and acceptance. Mindfulness can be a powerful tool and I often incorporate it in my work with clients. Regardless of why someone comes to therapy or how we work together, being mindful can help in learning to respond to stressors with less judgment and reactivity. It can also help create a life that is less on "autopilot" and more intentional.