My journey to becoming a Clinical Social Work/Psychotherapist began early in my . adolescence. Both my parents were seriously mentally ill, and as a result, I was thrown into the chaotic foster system of Los Angeles in the late 1950's and 1960's. I remained able to access clarity, and one day, sitting in a classroom at the age of 13, I saw it unfold: I envisioned my future as a social work/therapist...much like the kind ones who did their best for an awkward, lonely 13 year-old girl. I believe, and use my strong beliefs, together with the love, attention and faith shown to me from others, that drove me at the age of thirty, with three adolescent children at home, to embark on completing my journey by beginning and completing ten years of education ending at USC in 1990. My message: You do not have to ever be a helpless, lost victim. Set your goals in your heart and mind, surround yourself with loving, supportive others, and perhaps most importantly: Work with a licensed therapist to support and guide you...many of us have been where you are now.
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.
Grief is a reaction to an emotionally significant loss and often comes with symptoms of depression or anxiety. These symptoms can remain intense and last for a long time after a loss, making it difficult to move forward with a healthy lifestyle.
Abuse/Survivors of abuse
Abuse includes any significant mistreatment along the lines of psychical, emotional, sexual, verbal, and neglect. Survivors of abuse may experience negative thoughts and feelings, flashbacks, distrust of others, social withdrawal, self-harm, and increased likelihood of developing mental health and substance abuse issues.
Refers relationship issues with a partner or spouse. Can include issues related to relationship distress, relationship satisfaction, communication, intimacy, etc.
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.
Concerns that impact school performance or academic life. Can include perfectionism, bullying, financial stress, academic transitions, test anxiety, balancing school with other responsibilities, discrimination, or harassment.
Any kind of pain that lasts three months or more. Can range from mild to severely debilitating and affect a person’s quality of life, sometimes leading to depression, anxiety, isolation, and insomnia.
Involves a person sacrificing their needs to meet the needs of others. Their thoughts and actions center on a significant other, spouse, friend, or relative. Becomes an issue when relationships are unbalanced and unhealthy.
Young Adults (18-24)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
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Masters of Clinical Social Work/Psychotherapy; Univ. of Southern California
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