That therapy is often not what it appears in the movies or T.V shows (or at least with me it is not). Therapy can be fun. It is hard work, but the process of self-discovery and healing can be amazing and life-changing.
I view therapy as a very collaborative thing. Though I am the expert of human behavior, you are the expert of your life. I want to hear about your experience of life, your pain, and your hopes and dreams. I am genuine and it is not uncommon that I will be laughing with you, crying with you, and getting angry alongside with you...and if swearing is your thing, you will sometimes hear me swear as well :) . I see one of my most important jobs as helping my clients to feel seen, heard, and validated.
I am a mother of four young kids. I was a teen mother. My oldest child was born 9 weeks early. I had high-risk pregnancies. I experienced postpartum depression and anxiety in some form after the birth of all of my children. When I reflect on my personal experiences, I remember the feelings, the pain, the confusion, then the hope, and finally the beauty of that time in my life. It is my passion helping other mothers navigate the sometimes rocky road of pregnancy and motherhood and to get them to a place of peace. Another major part of my life was spent in college....10 years to be exact..but who is counting :) I understand the difficulties and pressures that college students face that go beyond just school work . Things like anxiety, depression, substance use, identity development, being away from home, relationship/ sex stuff, and career development are topics I process with my clients frequently.
College & graduate student issues
Pregnancy, perinatal, & postpartum issues
Adolescent mental health
Body image issues
Child mental health
Young Adults (18-24)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Emotionally Focused Therapy
Family Systems Therapy
Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders Advanced Training
CA, Psychologist, 31845
Doctor of Psychology, Clinical Psychology, California Southern University
MA, Clinical Psychology, California Lutheran University
BA, Clinical Psychology, California State University, Northridge
1209 Park Street, Suite 301B, Paso Robles, 93446, CA