You might not have gone to counseling before so the idea of coming in to see a therapist and share what is on your mind can be scary. It might be difficult to share how you feel with friends and family, so being vulnerable to someone you do not know can feel like a stretch.
While all of these feelings are normal, its also important to know that pushing ourselves outside of our comfort zones is when change happens. So maybe counseling is the next step for you in moving toward what you want most.
For many, taking this next courageous step is something they feel has been worth it. It has given them a greater sense of who they are because they are not afraid to strive for more. They know they deserve to be happy in life, love and in their relationships.
To speak with me about how I can best support you, please call me at 818 599-3048 for a free 15 minute consultation. You can also email me at [email protected]
About Me / My Services Q & A
What experience do you have?
I have worked as a therapist for the past nine years in many settings. That includes working at a non-profit agency, in schools, and in private practice. Before becoming a therapist though, I worked as a teacher’s assistant and was also a behavioral coach for children with special needs.
I have also run batterer’s intervention groups that were court-ordered. Working with the courts and in rehabilitating perpetrators of domestic violence was rewarding work where I learned so much. During that time I also provided counseling to victims of domestic violence and their families.
Do you have a degree?
I have a Masters of Science in Counseling Psychology with a Specialization in Latino Counseling.
(I have a Latina and Italian background and felt it was really important for me to take additional courses so that I could provide comprehensive support in these communities.)
What do people come in to see you for the most?
Most of the time, clients come in to see me because they are feeling burn-out, stressed out and exhausted from all their obligations and responsibilities. They feel like they are treading water and do not have enough time to stop and catch their breath. Also, they do not have any time to rest and recharge because there is always something to do, or someone depending on them. It feels like they are burning the candle at both ends and they know that they won't be able to keep up this pace for much longer.
Many of these clients also have medical conditions which adds to the challenges they are facing. Not only do they feel they have to take care of others, but they also have little time to attend to their own medical needs.
How can you help me?
I offer you a safe, confidential and supportive experience (either in the office or online through video counseling) to talk about what is stressing you out the most. Just having that time where it is the two of us talking is oftentimes what brings immediate relief.
I listen to what is causing you the most distress and we work together in a way that gives you resources, support, and understanding. That may include handouts and stress management exercises to try out in between sessions. We may even come up with an action plan for the week that lays out specific steps and mini-goals to help you stay on track.
What is your therapeutic style?
My approach is interactive where we both talk and work together so that conversation keeps flowing as we work toward your goals. I will adjust my approach in a way that works best for you, and based on what we are working on in session.
Our work together will be both collaborative and educational because I will share with you tips, tools and educational information to help you feel empowered and supported throughout the process. The goal is that these approaches will give you the knowledge and skills needed so that you can move forward in your life.
What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about supporting those with chronic pain and illness because I live with health conditions and chronic pain myself. My passion is to offer you the support and understanding I actively sought out but was not able to get, when I was seeking out my own therapist.
My hope is to be that therapist for you, who you feel gets it and knows what it is like, based on personal experience. This is also why I am active in my community in presenting workshops on pain management, stress management, caregiver support and more.
I have already presented three times this year on ways to manage chronic pain and look forward to providing more workshops on this and related topics throughout the year. I have also had the opportunity to be interviewed on several podcasts about chronic pain, chronic illness, parenting a child with health conditions. You can find a link to those talks interviews here and here.
I am also an animal lover who was born and raised in Southern California. I love the beach, being outside in nature and going on hikes when I can.
I have an amazing family and supportive friends; many of which are therapists too. I have an adorable cat who acts more like a dog and is very mellow and loving.
When I am not providing therapy or spending time with loved ones, I am busy connecting with other health care practitioners in the community, writing blogs, creating videos on my YouTube channel and developing programs focused on health and wellness.
- Masters of Science in Counseling Psychology, Cal Lutheran University ~Thousand Oaks, CA (3000 hours training & practice for licensure)
- Specialization in Latino Counseling, Cal Lutheran University ~ Thousand Oaks, CA
- Domestic Violence Facilitator Certification for court-ordered groups ~ Anderson and Anderson Psychological Services
- Behavioral Sensory Integration
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Mindfulness Based Practices
- Brain Science for Mind/Body Healing