Supervised by Keith Sutton (PSY 22439)
The first step towards change is always the most difficult, especially when it involves opening up to a stranger in hopes that she will relieve your suffering. However, I work with you collaboratively, offering compassionate and non-judgemental care while maintaining a sense of humor in order to reduce your anxiety around seeking therapy. I utilize solution-focused and evidence-based techniques to provide brief, structured treatments that have demonstrated proven results. Because I do not believe that anyone needs to live in suffering, the services I offer aim to help reduce distress and increase well-being.
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“The highest function of love is that it makes the loved one a unique and irreplaceable being.” ― Tom Robbins
I provide Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) to couples who are in distress or who want to gain more intimacy and happiness within their relationship. According to The International Centre for Excellence in Emotionally Focused Therapy, research studies find that 70-75% of couples move from distress to recovery and approximately 90% show significant improvements. EFT focuses on developing closeness and connection in couples who may have lost the bond that they once had. Often couples get caught in an unproductive spiral or "dance". Therapy is used to break the cycle of hurtful patterns to teach each partner how to effectively communicate their needs. Through therapy, you will develop more empathy for one another, which will allow you to discuss emotions without the discussion leading to a battle. The new positive cycles learned will create permanent changes within your relationship.
I have experience working with suicidal ideation, borderline personality disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, domestic violence, grief, anxiety, multicultural issues, and depression. I have been trained in evidence-based practices for OCD such as exposure with response prevention as well as prolonged exposure and EMDR for PTSD. In addition, I am experienced in working with children and teenagers suffering from various symptoms of distress, from trauma to oppositional behavior. I most utilize Cognitive-Behavioral treatments within my practice as I have found these techniques allow for the most change in 6-12 sessions.
I am a psychotherapist currently pursuing my Marriage and Family Therapist License. I attended San Jose State University for graduate school where my supervisors strongly encouraged and trained me to use the practices that have the most evidence of success. I am knowledgeable about the effective treatments for all psychological disorders including depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, complicated grief, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and anxiety.
I worked at San Francisco Suicide Prevention (SFSP) and a domestic violence shelter, where I mastered my skills in crisis intervention and harm-reduction. I learned through this experience how to create a safe and comfortable environment for those struggling with depression, loss, and loneliness.
In addition, I worked with clients setting realistic goals and making sure they followed through and achieved those goals. I assisted them in obtaining full-time employment that they enjoyed and worked with them to achieve weight management.
I trained in an elementary school, where I helped relieve the distress of the children I worked with while incorporating their families and teachers. I learned the importance of including all the aspects of the child's environment in order to achieve the best long-term results.
I have received extensive training in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). All of these treatments have profound empirical evidence to support their ability to lead to positive outcomes.