Finding a therapist you’ll ‘click with’ and whose style meets your needs can be a challenge. It is my hope to provide you with a clear description of what to expect from me so that you may reflect on whether my services may be helpful to you.
I am a clinical psychologist, licensed in both California (PSY #22057) and Mississippi (#54 965). I received my doctorate in clinical psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology (now known as Alliant International University) in 2004 with an emphasis in the area of families.
My graduate school training was well-rounded and consisted of direct experience with clients of all ages and levels of psychological health in community mental health, day treatment, and school settings. I went on to teach undergraduate psychology courses as an adjunct professor while working as a clinical psychologist in a wide variety of settings including a psychiatric hospital, an eating disorders clinic, a non-public school, a residential facility for high-risk teens, an emergency shelter, and on a military base. I’ve also served as a clinical supervisor for psychology graduate students, APA pre-doctoral interns and postdoctoral fellows and a mental health consultant to schools and various organizations. In 2014 I made the decision to go into private practice, first in Mississippi and now in California.
You will find that my style is personable, down-to-earth and collaborative. My aim is to create a safe, comfortable and non-judgmental place so that you will more easily be able to work through the concerns you bring to therapy. I am a therapist who listens with genuine presence, but also offers direct feedback and honest recommendations. I choose to work from a foundation of balancing acceptance and change. While sincerely validating your emotions and experiences, I will gently orient you towards the changes you want to see in your life.
I tend to conceptualize cases from a more psychodynamic perspective, taking into consideration attachment patterns and early life experiences and relationships. Together we will create a new relationship which is supportive and strengthening where we can safely explore solutions to the issues that have brought you in. My therapeutic tool bag is vast and I often weave in interventions and skill building from Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Positive Psychology. For couples, I use Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) as well as Hope-Focused Marriage Counseling.
Together, we will identify your personal goals and develop a customized treatment plan to reach them. I believe people genuinely want to change, though habitual patterns, hurtful past experiences and unhelpful beliefs get in the way, making it especially difficult to make those desired changes alone. I can provide you with the tools to get ‘un-stuck’ and quiet those unhelpful internal thoughts so that you can live your life in freedom with greater authenticity and purpose.
· Relationship health (couples, parenting, families, coworkers, etc)
· Personal growth (values, work-life balance, career exploration, etc).
· Adjustment & life transition (life stressors, pregnancy, divorce, retirement, death of a loved one)
· Mood dysregulation (Depression, unhealthy personality patterns and behaviors)
· Anxiety (Social distress, fears, chronic worrying)
· Grief or past trauma
If it sounds like we may be a good match, please call me at (916) 705-2896 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will be happy to discuss any questions you have and schedule an appointment. I look forward to speaking with you!