Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Founder
Pre-doctoral candidate in clinical psychology at California Southern University.
Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Chapman University
Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at the University of Hawaii.
I am trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Schema Therapy, Brief Solution-Oriented Therapy, Grief Counseling, Positive Psychology, Dream work, and Family Systems.
When coping with with chronic illness, it is important to care for one's psychological well-being.
Whether you are afflicted by a chronic illness, or are a caregiver, you may find yourself needing a safe place to process your feelings, and develop post-traumatic growth.
My goal is to help you feel increased personal strength while finding new meaning and purpose in life.
SUICIDE AND SELF-HARM
Not all suicidal thoughts or self-harming actions are depression related. It can be confusing when you hear about someone cutting themselves. You might wonder why would someone want to intentionally hurt themselves. What you may not know, is that the human body releases endorphins to help you deal with injury or pain. As a result, someone may become addicted to inflicting pain because they enjoy the endorphin rush.
Though there are unlimited reasons for the actions or feelings, there are no "one size fits all" treatments. I develop an individualized treatment plan for every client and help identify reachable goals while teaching coping skills to replace the negative actions.
Have you ever felt like you're going through the same thing over and over again with bad relationships, negative feelings, or repeated toxic relationships?
Schema Therapy uses behavioral and cognitive techniques, but gives equal importance to your relationships, as well as your emotions.
My main goal using Schema is to help identify and fulfill your unmet needs, and help you learn and use adaptive coping skills.
I understand how overwhelming life can be when dealing with a complication few people understand. Recovery is a journey, I can help whether you only need to find out how to get there, or you need someone to travel with.
Eating disorders I focus on: Anorexia Nervosa, ARFID, Bulimia Nervosa, co-occurring disorders, Orthorexia, and Binge-Eating Disorder (BED).
Professional, societal, religious, gender, family, sexual identity determinations are in constant state of change in today's society.
Together we can help you find understanding and acceptance of yourself within the context of cultural demands and social norms.