I take a mindfulness approach to therapy, which means we would work together to build a way of approaching life that allows you to have the most flexibility and resources to tackle anything that life throws your way. In our sessions you will be challenged to look inward and learn how to more effectively deal with negative thoughts and feelings.
I earned my Bachelors in Psychology and Masters in Clinical Psychology from California State University, Fullerton. My area of focus in my masters program was negative mood regulation through self-efficacy: learning to believe you will feel better, will actually help you feel better! When I am not working with clients, I am teaching psychology courses at California State University, Fullerton.
Additional professional training includes Bringing Trauma-Informed Yoga into Mental Health Clinical Practice, Integrating Dimensions of Cultural & Social Identities in the Psychotherapy Process, and Mindfulness Meditation for Stress Reduction.
Areas of Focus
Social Justice Issues
Mindfulness Based Therapy
Mindfulness Based Therapy is a form of therapy that incorporates mindfulness practices such as meditation and breathing exercises, as well as, elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Using tools like meditation, relaxation training, and goal focused strategies we are better able to adapt to stressful situations and come out with more successful outcomes.
The main purpose of couples counseling is to get you and your partner talking productively about the issues affecting your relationship. In couples therapy, you will learn the skills needed to communicate, build trust, and reconnect in new ways. Couples therapy is not a fix-all but it may help you start to better understand the relationship.
Social Justice Lense
Social justice and anti-oppression values deeply inform my therapy work. As a therapist who serves diverse populations, it is my belief that there is a need to address and affirm the role oppression may play in the lives and wellness of my clients.
I approach all cross-cultural client relationships from a place of cultural humility; “a lifelong process of self-reflection and self-critique whereby the individual not only learns about another’s culture, but one starts with an examination of her/his own beliefs and cultural identities.”
Therapy work is and always will be social justice work.