Meghan Fernandes

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Availability

In Pacific Time

If there was one thing you wish people knew about the therapy experience who might be hesitant to try it, what would that be?

So many of us live with significant emotional discomfort and operate as though there will never be relief - that it is a state of being that we must adjust to. In many circumstances we address our physical pain issues by going to our healthcare providers, but place little attention on the need to maintain our emotional health. Talking with someone has incredible immediate and long term benefits to bring ease, clarity and direction to what can feel like an unsolvable situation. What we know for sure is that life will bring us challenges, so why face those alone when you can have the support you need to move though it?

What would be important for someone to know about working with you?

One of the most important parts of counseling is being able to feel a connection with your therapist. I create a safe space for you to share, while also infusing education, support and of course humor into our sessions. My goal is that our time together serves as a therapeutic retreat from the whirl of commitments that surround everyday life.

What is your style/approach to therapy?

I provide a gentle yet nurturing, non-judgemental style in my counseling approach. I want to meet you where you are at, emotionally, and help you meet your therapeutic goals using interventions that are best suited to your interests and personal situation.

Specialties

General Expertise

Fees

$120

First Session

$120

Couples Therapy

$120

Individual Therapy

Types of Therapy

Individual Session

Clientele

Adults (25-65)

Treatment Approaches / Modalities

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

Motivational Interviewing

Solution-Focused Brief Therapy

Training / Certifications

Associate Clinical Social Work Supervisor/Instructor

Co-Author, Adaption to Long-Term Prostate Cancer Survival: The Perspective of Elderly Asian/Pacific Islander Wives, Journal of Health and Social Work, May 2005 Volume 30 Number 2

Licensure

CA, LCSW, 26922

Education

Masters Degree in Social Work, Mental Health Emphasis – University of Hawaii at Manoa June 2002

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology with Distinction – University of Hawaii at Manoa June 2000

Work History

My work history has largely been rooted in helping clients in the healthcare setting who are adjusting to both acute and chronic challenges in their lives. I have worked for almost 20 years in the healthcare environment providing psychotherapy to patients and their families as they navigate difficult decisions and evaluate personal change to promote longterm wellness. In this setting, I provide counseling and client-centered support for individuals involved directly or indirectly with crisis, depression, anxiety, communication issues, relationship issues and infidelity.

Location

El Camino Real, Carlsbad, 92008, CA