My personal experiences have influenced my work with clients in many ways. Due to my personal experiences I feel that I have greater empathy for what my clients are experiencing. I understand and recognize that change is both hard and scary but also strengthening and sometimes necessary. My personal experiences have allowed me to build great rapport with my clients which allows them to have a safe space where they can be open and honest.
I have an eclectic approach where I utilize CBT, Solution Focused and Person-Centered Therapy. I utilize many other approaches when appropriate such as DBT, Family Systems and Motivational Interviewing.
Something that is important for someone to know about working with me is I appreciate feedback as feedback allows one to grow professionally. If something I said or did not say troubles you I encourage you to bring it to my attention. If you enjoyed the way a session went because of a certain approach, technique, etc. I invite you to also give that as well.
Depression often causes people to feel sad, empty, or hopeless, and can cause a lack of interest in life. It can also affect a person's thinking patterns and physical health.
Anxiety can mean nervousness, worry, or self-doubt. Anxiety disorder is a mental health disorder that entails excessive, repeated bouts of worry, anxiety, and/or fear.
Trauma is the result of experiencing a perceived, extremely distressful event. Although the stress threshold for each person differs, meaning that each person considers and experiences trauma differently, it is an event that tops one’s threshold. It exceeds one’s ability to cope or emotionally process. Symptoms may include shock, anxiety, confusion, hopelessness, feeling disconnected, mood swings, nightmares, and intrusive thoughts.
Borderline Personality Disorder
Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is characterized by persistent instability in relationships, extreme emotional reactions, and chronic fear of abandonment. People with this may also tend to be moody, experiencing a lot of high highs and low lows.
Race & Cultural Identity
Challenges around race and cultural identity vary enormously, including issues related to discrimination, racism, and intergenerational trauma.
Social anxiety or social phobia is fear of social situations or a fear of interacting with people other than close friends and family. Social anxiety can be persistent, intense, and debilitating, greatly affecting daily life.
ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) causes a hard time focusing attention and controlling restless or impulsive behavior. People with ADHD might have emotional outbursts, be forgetful, and/or find it difficult to stay organized.
Adolescent mental health
Adolescent mental health focuses on adolescent-specific experiences including physical and cognitive development, social and environmental factors, sex, sexual identification and orientation, emotional processing, and substance use. Given the influence that parents/guardians have on adolescents, home life is a particularly important consideration.
Young Adults (18-24)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Strength Based Therapy
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Family Systems Therapy
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy
CA, LMFT, 110165
Masters Degree, Marriage Family and Child Counseling, California State University, Fresno
Bachelors Degree, Psychology, California State University, Stanislaus
I began my internship at a non-profit where I provided individual and family therapy to children and parents in their home. Within the same non-profit I was hired on as a Mental Health Clinician and provided individual therapy to students at their school sites who met criteria for an Emotional Disturbance (ED). I then moved on to an outpatient setting. Here I provided individual, group, and family therapy to children, adolescents and adults. While working in this outpatient program I also provided parenting classes. A majority of my work has been with County Mental Health where I am currently working. With County Mental Health I have provided both direct and indirect services to children, adolescents and adults in both an individual and family setting. I am no stranger when it comes to diagnosis as I have worked with an array of them such as, but not limited to anxiety, depression, PTSD and personality and attachment disorders.
,, Modesto, 95356, CA