One book that influenced me is Eat, Pray Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. It’s the story of a 30-year-old woman examining her life’s choices through her relationship with herself, her ex-husband, and her lover. These choices lead to a deep depression and she intuitively knew that a drastic change had to happen. By listening to her inner voice, she embarked on a year-long journey of survival and transformation to Italy, India, and Indonesia with the goal of finding peace, harmony, pleasure, and spiritual guidance for her soul. Through her journey, she learns how to move away and out of the darkness and into her light. I believe that everyone has their own journey of discovery. It is my goal to help people achieve insight into their personal life’s purpose and to help them find tools to continue on that path of self-fulfillment.
I want people to know that they are in charge of your own “healing process.” Therapy is about “you.” The therapist’s role is to use their education, training, and experience to guide you down a new path in your life because the old path is not taking you anywhere and the old tools aren’t working anymore. Our job is to ask you questions that will help you decide what path you want to take. We help you to figure out how to navigate that new path and to help you come up with new tools that are useful on this new path. You are in charge of how fast you move, we hold the space and create a safe structure and boundaries to accomplish this.
What often makes therapy challenging is not that people do not want to change for the better, it’s that they just don’t know how to do it. They blame themselves for not being strong enough or smart enough or for not having enough will power. I help to facilitate an "update" and a change of those outdated subconscious belief systems into empowering and life-enhancing belief systems. I do this by asking clients to tell me the three top issues/problems that they want to change. I then ask them the question, “What do you want instead?” From there I use Psych-K and Emotion Code to refine those three goals. If you look at your brain as a computer hard drive, Psych-K is software that will update the hardware with new positive belief systems to replace the negative ones. Emotion Code is “emptying the trash” from the desktop to allow the software to work more efficiently with the hard drive. From there, we use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to create a structure and an action plan for the goals. I work collaboratively with my clients to come up with a realistic treatment plan/action plan that works for their specific personality and lifestyle.
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.
Source of communication challenges in circumstances and relationships that can have a negative impact on mental health. Misunderstandings and misinterpretations often lead to arguments in personal, platonic, or professional relationships.
Divorce & separation
Separation and divorce can trigger a range of mental health challenges, even when the split is mutually agreed upon. Prolonged challenges can lead to stress, anxiety, depression and more.
Artists' mental health
There’s been a long history of debating the connection between creativity and mental illness. Research shows mixed results but ultimately, anyone can experience mental health issues in relation to professional burnout or work-related stress.
Caregiver stress & support
Caring for a friend or family member (paid or unpaid) includes emotional support, housework, help with finances, medication management, and shopping. Can be stressful, making caregivers more vulnerable to things like anxiety, isolation, and fatigue.
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.
College & graduate student issues
Issues arising from being in a new environment or away from home for the first time. College-aged kids have the highest rates of mental illness, suffering things like stress, anxiety, depression, learning disabilities, and substance abuse.
Men’s health is regarded as the holistic being and experience of being male. This extends beyond consideration for illness and other complex conditions but to general considerations of physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Issues may include socialized gender role, male reproductive issues, fatherhood, employment, divorce, substance use, et cetera.
Young Adults (18-24)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Psych-K® Basic Workshop- 24 Hours Training
Psych-K® Advanced Integration Workshop-32 Hours Training
Psych-K® Master Facilitation Workshop- 12 Hours Training 12 Hours Practicum
Psych-K® Health and Wellbeing Program Workshop- 32 Hours Training
Emotion Code® Certification- 10 Hours Training and 30 Hours Practicum
CA, LMFT, LMFT38612
Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology, John F. Kennedy university
Early in my career, I worked in the school system helping parents, teachers, and students navigate and differentiate behavior issues that affect family and school life. I also worked with crisis situations helping those in emergency mental health situations and substance abuse find stability. I then moved into working with individuals and families dealing with caregiving issues along with grief and serious illnesses. Many of my clients were often unhappy with traditional medicine and wanted to get-off of meds. As an avid student, I researched alternative modalities for traditional psychiatric medications. I have many scientific articles for clients to share with their licensed medical professionals. Next, I began to work with parents of teens, teens, and young adults experiencing anxiety and depression issues that were affecting their relationship with themselves and others. What I bring to my work in over 20 years of working with people is a safe, practical emotional space filled with clarity, competence, humor, and personal warmth. I draw from a wide range of effective approaches. I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Transpersonal Psychotherapy as my main therapeutic modalities. Within those modalities, I use Psych-K®, Emotion Code, and guided meditation to get at the core of subconscious belief systems that hold traumas, resistance, and negative belief systems that were embedded during the first seven years of life from media, society, and parental figures. I have had particular success with these modalities and find that the therapeutic process tends to move forward more efficiently for those seeking help with relationships, anxiety, divorce, depression, ADD, spiritual awakenings, grief and loss, and health and wellbeing. My ultimate goal is to inspire my clients to heal themselves with self-love and awareness.
Remote Therapist, Aptos, 95001, CA