improving life, KNOWLEDGE  & uNDERSTANDING

                        THROUGH MENTAL HEALTH

ABOUT ME


Finding the right therapist can be a challenging task.  In a further attempt to assist you

in making that decision, please keep reading.


I was born and raised in the South Bay, where I attended elementary through high school. 

Throughout my life I have been involved in athletics, and worked closely in business,

social services, child protection and the military settings.


EDUCATION


I attended California State University, Dominguez Hills where I earned my Bachelor's degree in Psychology in 1994 and my Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy also known as an MFT in 1996.  I graduated with honors as I put myself through school while I worked full-time.  I know the value of and believe in hard work and dedication.


LICENSURE


I became licensed as an MFT with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences in 2004 and have been licensed in good standing since that time.


EXPERIENCE


I have over 23 years experience working as a community service provider in a number of capacities.  I worked as a social worker with Children's Services (CPS) for over 7 years where I worked diligently to protect children from abuse and neglect and to ensure that they were connected with services within their community to enrich and improve their lives and the lives of their families.  I have had the pleasure of working with a diverse population, varying in age, race, gender, ethnic background, sexual orientation and economic status, including military families.


In the past, I have worked with fine organizations within the community providing mental health services at the Torrance South Bay YMCA and Redondo Beach Salvation Army.  For six years, I worked with children and their families while providing school-based mental health and outpatient counseling services at Kedren Community Mental Health Clinic and Psychiatric Hospital.  While at Kedren, I also provided service in the MAT, Adult Out-Patient and Children's In-Patient settings.  Most recently, I worked for Del Amo Hospital in the capacity of social work staff in most of their units.


SPECIALTIES


Some of my specialties include working with:


  • Trauma Focused
  • Children utilizing art, play and sand therapy
  • Victims of Abuse and Trauma / Post Traumatic Stress
  • Families, Behavioral Problems and Parenting
  • Military Affiliation (Current and History)
  • First Responders
  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Clients involved with DCFS and abuse history
  • Victims and Witnesses of Crime
  • Stress and Anger Management


PHILOSOPHY OF TREATMENT


It is important to understand that our relationship will be of a professional nature.  I only accept clients in my private practice whom I believe have the capacity to resolve their own problems with my assistance.  I believe that when people become more accepting of themselves, they are more capable of finding happiness and contentment in their lives.  However, self-awareness and self-acceptance are goals that sometimes take a long time to achieve.  Some clients need only a few counseling sessions to achieve these goals, while others may require months, or even years of counseling.  As a client, or guardian of a client, you are in complete control and may end our counseling relationship at any point.  In return, I also ask that you understand if I see a clinical reason for terminating our relationship.   If counseling is successful, the client should feel that he or she is able to face life's challenges in the future by independently utilizing coping skills we will develop in session together.


Although our sessions may be very intimate psychologically, it is important for you to realize that we have a professional relationship and for that reason, our contact will be limited to our therapy sessions.


I assure you that my services will be rendered in a professional manner consistent with the accepted legal and ethical standards as determined by the state of California.  Please note that it is impossible to guarantee any specific results regarding your counseling goals.  However, we will work together to achieve the best possible outcome.  If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.


PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS


California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)


South Bay / Long Beach Chapter of CAMFT


CONTINUING EDUCATION


I am committed to continuing my education and staying abreast of current literature and studies in the fields of Psychology, Counseling, Social Work and Marriage and Family Therapy.


If you think that I may be a good fit to work with you, please contact me to conduct a consultation or to schedule your first session.  At that time, I can provide additional information you would like and answer any questions that you may have.