I specialize in working with teens and adults who have experienced sexual abuse and other forms of trauma, as well as anxiety, depression, night terrors, and challenging life transitions. The type of therapy I do works to safely process through emotional, physical and relational distress at your own pace, providing emotional and physical relief. I provide a warm, and nonjudgmental space for people to experience growth, healing, and freedom, and I would love to assist you in your healing. I am supervised by Dr. Sahar Martinez, LMFT (License #111456).
What would your clients and colleagues say is your therapist superpower?
Being comfortable and calm, and translating that ease and comfort to my clients, is something that I am able to do in all kinds of therapeutic settings. I’m also told I’m able to take a lot of verbal and emotional chaos and translate it to something tangible.
If you hadn’t become a therapist, what profession would you have chosen and why?
I’ve seriously considered the following careers in my adult life: stage actress, singer in a band, and most recently, high school counselor. I tried two of the three, but in grad school I realized all of my life skills and gifts fit into this profession unlike any I’d previously entertained. I couldn’t be more thrilled to be a therapist, and hope to be one until I’m extremely old.
What is one thing that you have learned through your own therapy?
My own therapy has helped me learn how to connect with and operate from my truest and most whole self. I’ve learned and implemented the idea that all parts of me are welcome, even the anxious or more challenging parts. All parts of me are good, and I am continuing to learn how to be there for myself when I’m hurting, scared, peaceful, happy, and growing.
Short Term (Solution-focused, etc.)
Ideal for those who are coming in with a specific problem they’d like to address and gain clarity on. Typically, short term therapies are present focused and do not dive deep into your past.
Structured therapies are goal and progress oriented. Therapists may incorporate psychoeducation and a specific “curriculum.” In order to stay on track, therapists may provide worksheets and homework.
Insight-oriented (Psychodynamic, Existential, etc.)
Exploring the past and making connections to present issues can help clients gain insight. Getting to the root of the issue and finding deeper self-awareness can help with long-term change.
Non-directive (Humanistic, Person-centered, etc.)
Going with the flow and seeing where it leads.
Behavioral (CBT, DBT, etc.)
Focuses on changing potentially unhealthy or self-destructive behaviors by addressing problematic thought patterns and specific providing coping skills.
Trauma Focused (EMDR, TF-CBT, etc.)
Recognizing the connection between trauma experiences and your emotional and behavioral responses, trauma focused therapy seeks to help you heal from traumas.