A good therapist requires passion backed by training and experience. I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Human Services from California State University Fullerton and earned a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University. My studies emphasized individual, marriage and family therapy as well as group process and practice.
I realize that some of my clients may be looking for brief solution-focused therapy, while others are seeking insight-oriented therapy for personal growth. My philosophy is that therapy should be client-directed and collaborative; therefore, I work with my clients to establish short-term or long-term treatment goals based on their expressed needs. I do believe that our history has contributed to who we are today; therefore, I take the time to learn about my client’s family of origin and significant events from the past, while focusing on how this impacts today. Awareness of patterns of behavior is especially helpful in breaking cycles of unhealthy behavior.
Most importantly, I love people and value relationships. As human beings we all have a need to connect with others. The more easily we are able to have healthy attachments with others, the more we will find meaning in our own lives. It is my goal to bring honor and strength to the various relationships in our lives — with our significant others, children, parents, co-workers and others we meet along the way
Many of my clients have sought me out because I am a Christian. Upon request, I am able to offer Bible-based counseling integrated with professional psychotherapy. This is different from lay counseling, which is a helpful source of encouragement and guidance offered by many churches today. I believe you will find that working with a trained and licensed professional who understands and shares your belief in the word of God can be extremely beneficial. (“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12)
My memberships and affiliations include the American Association of Marriage & Family Therapists (AAMFT); California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists (CAMFT); American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC); and the New Life network of therapists.