Therapy can be life changing and I have seen evidence in my own patients and in my own journey as a patient. Therapy takes work. It asks you to be honest, courageous, and vulnerable so that you can be your authentic self and live life in a way that connects to you.
My job is to create a safe and welcoming space so that you can explore your inner world. I take a collaborative approach and my therapeutic style is direct, genuine, and warm. I’m curious to find out the real you and uncover your own innate wisdom to help you live a full life. The process may bring tears or be light with laughter. It’s a journey! And ultimately it’s your journey; I’m just a helpful companion along the way.
I am an integrative psychologist, which means that I use different evidence based therapeutic approaches to best fit the needs of my clients. See below to learn more about therapeutic approaches I use in my work:
- Mindfulness is a method of increasing awareness of yourself and your environment by observing your thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations in a nonjudgmental way and cultivating attitudes such as acceptance, letting go, and gratitude.
- Insight Oriented therapy focuses on deepening our understanding to our emotions, motivations, fears and desires and making the unconscious conscious so that we can live a life that is aligned with our current goals and priorities.
- Cognitive behavioral therapy is a short-term, goal-oriented psychotherapy treatment that focuses on changing patterns of thinking and behavior that are unhelpful.
- Acceptance and commitment therapy invites people to open up to unpleasant feelings and situations where they are invoked to increase psychological flexibility.
- Emotion focused therapy is a type of humanistic therapy that is based on the premise that emotions are key in structuring inner experience and motivation, and shaping our relationships.
- Existential psychotherapy is a style of therapy that places emphasis on the human condition as a whole and centers on issues of death, meaninglessness, isolation, and freedom.
- Humanistic Therapy focuses on a person’s individual nature and their personal instincts to find wisdom, growth, and fulfillment within themselves.
- Legacy Therapy is a growing form of palliative care that encourages aging or terminally ill patients to share their stories in a way that can be captured for their friends and families.
I’m a licensed psychologist with a PhD in Clinical-Health from the University of Miami, FL and have over a decade of experience as a clinician. My main area of clinical training was in health psychology with further training in psycho-oncology, end of life, managing chronic illness, trauma, grief, and insomnia during internship and post-doctoral fellowship at the Long Beach VA Medical Center. I also have extensive experience in mindfulness, and began my training in Vipassana meditation during undergraduate at UCLA as a research assistant in mindfulness based stress reduction (MBSR) studies.