Is that it doesn’t have to be a punishment or something you are forced to do. It can be of great benefit and healing power to many of us. I also use a validating and strengths-based approach often which provides each client a way to feel just a little bit better before they came to session.
What I have been through in my personal life, directly influences the way I choose to practice and how I am able to be genuine to each one of my clients. Additionally, with my lived experiences I can often connect and understand what a client has been through without them needing to talk in very specific details, being validated and truly understood in this work is very conducive to the healing process.
Yes, the theme I see a lot is that parents do not notice that the way they were responded to as a child directly relates to the way the get triggered or respond to their own child. Parenting magnifies are own experiences and may bring up things we aren’t realizing at the time.
Adoption & foster care
Adoption and foster care considerations include education on the process, integrating the new family, establishing household rules and boundaries, processing past trauma on behalf of the child, emotional health, and other adjustment procedures.
Children that experience parents and/or guardians that are avoidant, ambivalent, or resistant from an early age, may develop attachment issues. This can manifest as difficulty forming or maintaining friendships, romantic relationships and empathetic bonds throughout life, as well as other issues.
Familial relationships can be the source of stress and emotional pain, even in the healthiest of situations. Painful interactions can range from irritation to resentment and lead to feelings of guilt, disappointment, and anger.
Step-family/Blended Family Issues
Step-family or blended family issues issues may include overcoming loss from a previous family situation, establishing a familial bond, setting boundaries, enforcing new rules, adjusting to relocation, learning to communicate in healthy fashion, finances, and household roles.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Young Adults (18-24)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Strength Based Therapy
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Family Systems Therapy
Internal Family Systems Therapy
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
Solution-Focused Brief Therapy
Structural Family Therapy
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy
CA, LCSW, 102000
MSW, Master's of Social Work, University of Southern California (USC) Ed.M., Human Development and Psychology, Harvard Graduate School of Education
For the last ten years I have specialized in working with families that have had disconnected attachment histories. Additional, families in the midst of divorce, issues around difference in parenting style and expectations, and of most abundant the foster care and adoption population.
1800 Bridgegate St, 108, Westlake Village, 91361, CA