I knew at a young age that I was drawn to people who were hurting and in emotional pain. I did not like to see children cry, nor did it sit well with me when I witnessed children being teased or if they appeared to be alone at school. I tried my best to be a "layman" counselor...and knew that someday I would help people through their most hurtful and darkest places in their lives.
I received my Bachelors in Science in Social Welfare at The University of California, Berkeley. Right after graduation, I found myself amongst some of our most hurting teens in Juvenile Hall. I realized after a few weeks of working in a high crisis environment that I had found my niche with teens and family issues. However, I also realized that the system was missing something very significant in helping our youth. I realized that in order to find it, I would need to attend Graduate school and spend as much time as I could with our youth and their families.
I moved to Southern California about 13 years ago and attended Vanguard University of Southern California, where I received my Masters in Science in Clinical Psychology. I completed my practicum at CASA Youth Shelter and Servite High School.
I have been working with children, teens, and families for the last 14 years. I have worked with teens in Juvenile Hall, the Social Service system, group homes, schools, abroad in undeveloped countries, and individually in my private practice and various social settings. Over the last couple of years, I have found that couples therapy has became my specialty area. When individuals are given the right tools and support they can truly make changes in their intimate relationships. The couples that I counsel will ultimately become stronger emotionally and develop deeper character. Even if the decision is made to end their existing relationship, each will leave with valuable and life changing insight.
My clients are very diverse. I work with high and low income families, gang members, developmentally delayed individuals, addicts, clients dealing with grief, depression, boundaries, chronic health conditions, weight management, family relations, anger, anxiety, self-esteem, trauma, divorce, sexual abuse, dating issues, facing illness and death, etc.
When I am not in the office, I speak at various venues across Southern California, motivating individuals to make positive changes in their lives.
I do meet individually with clients in my office, although some of my clients prefer a "life coach". The role of a life coach at times involves taking the client out into the community and giving them personal guidance to reach goals they have set. This is something that can be decided during the free phone consultation.