I believe everybody goes through things in life and sometimes people need some assistance with navigating the rough patches in their lives. The therapist is like a navigation system e.g.Google Maps guiding the client to their ultimate therapeutic goal. When driving to a destination using a navigation system, there may be traffic, detours, etc., in which the navigation system gives instructions on how to deal with the obstacles on the road. The therapeutic journey is isomorphic to driving somewhere using a navigation system. The therapeutic journey will have it’s ups, downs, and rough patches but if the client stay the course he/she will reach his/her final destination (achieve his/her treatment goals) with the guidance of his/her therapist.
The biggest barriers to people seeking care is the negative stigma associated with mental health. Often times people don’t want to be labeled as being mentally ill or “crazy” but seeking mental health support is an avenue for a person to have personal growth. “In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert’s there are few” ― Shunryu Suzuki, Zen Mind,
During the first session I would answer any questions and address any concerns my client may have about therapy. The first session will also include me building rapport with my client by gathering information about my client’s presenting problems, history, personal interest, and establishIng individualized treatment goals.
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.
Child mental health
Children can be impacted by things like anxiety, depression, ADHD and more. However, they can be difficult to identify because kids aren’t always able to communicate effectively. Untreated, child mental health issues can have long-term effects.
Mood disorder is a broad term used to include the different types of depressive and bipolar disorders, all of which affect mood. With a mood disorder, your moods may range from extremely low to extremely high or irritable.
Oppositional & defiant behavior
Oppositional and defiant behavior is often spiteful and vindictive. It is done as a means of acting out against authority. Such behavior is typical on occasion and during stressful situations but may ultimately develop into one’s personality throughout childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. Common disorders include oppositional defiant disorder in children and anti-social personality disorder in adults.
Distress stems from a subjective perception of something being unwanted, undesirable, or detrimental to your wellbeing. Excessive stress significantly impairs mental and physical health and is associated with many diseases and conditions.
Workplace issues are a common source of stress and can include interpersonal conflict, communication problems, gossip, harassment, discrimination, low motivation and job satisfaction, performance issues, and poor job fit.
Self-esteem is the degree to which a person feels confident, valuable, and worthy of respect. Feeling low self-esteem can influence overall well-being and be linked to anxiety and/or depression.
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.
It's normal to experience anger at times, but for some, it becomes so frequent, intense, or difficult to control that it negatively affects their life. Anger management is a structured therapeutic approach toward reducing one’s anger to a point where more appropriate coping and/or conflict management skills are used. Beliefs and thoughts leading toward anger outbursts are explored while healthy coping and interpersonal skills are put into practice.
Young Adults (18-24)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Emotionally Focused Therapy
Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
Narrative Therapy, Trauma in the Black Community-What Happened, Conscious Education-Building Awareness, Positive Behavior Interventions and Support Trainer of Trainees, Human Trafficking Awareness, Mindfulness training, Suicide Assessment and Treatment
CA, LMFT, 48440
Master of Science Counseling Psychology -California Baptist University
I have over 18 years of experiences working in the mental health field in the capacity of a mental health therapist, program manager, case manager, clinical supervisor, and as a mental health administrator for a school district. I have worked with children, adolescents, couples and families of diverse cultures in schools, homes, group homes, and private practice. I have provided therapy to clients in order to address a variety of mental health issues which included, but was not limited to, depression, anxiety, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, bipolar disorder, trauma, parenting issues, communication issues, anger management, and impulse control. When working with my clients I explore not just what’s wrong with my clients, but I also look at their stories. I explore how I can help be the change agent in assisting my clients with rewriting their stories so they can be successful at home, at school, at work, and in the community.
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