MY THERAPEUTIC APPROACH
As a therapist, I view each client as a whole person and strongly emphasize positive support and empathetic understanding within a nonjudgmental and safe environment. I believe that although our lives are influenced by past experiences, our present does not have to be defined by them. By connecting thoughts with behaviors and how they influence each other, one has the ability to transform responses and reframe the narrative of their story. By helping clients recognize that they hold within them the power to discover their own solutions, the therapeutic process leads towards empowerment and self-discovery.
My therapeutic approach falls under the lens of humanistic psychology which focuses largely on how one understands the world. I believe that, as humans, we are unique individuals that have within us power to surpass and overcome adverse obstacles and reach a state of self-actualization. In addition, we perceive the world through our experiences and these experiences, are what shape our personality and guide us throughout our life.
Finally, I utilize a strong emphasis on increasing self-awareness and self-understanding in order to assist clients in reaching a meaningful and authentic life.
Trauma, whether acute or chronic, impacts individuals differently. Each person has their own level of psychological resiliency that is dependent upon many factors. Regardless of how one experiences traumatizing events, the body and brain tend to respond similarly through the automatic response of fight, flight or freeze. Despite the traumatic event(s) ending, if left untreated, the brain continues to perceive threats that can manifest through flashbacks, anxiety, emotional distress, intrusive thoughts, chronic reactivity, anger and other emotionally flooding manifestations. Often times, the events become so overwhelming that maladaptive responses begin to take place. Longterm or single event childhood trauma can be particularly damaging to the developing brain. Research indicates, when left untreated, trauma continues to cause insidious harm to physical health, emotional stability, and relationships.
Brainspotting (BSP) is based on the belief that “where you look affects how you feel”. BSP is a powerful treatment modality that assists the client with processing traumatic experiences. BSP utilizes a specific focused eye position that stimulates parts the brain that regulate memory, emotions and somatic sensations. While focusing the eyes on one position, allowing the mind to concentrate on the negative emotion or experience while listening to bilateral music, the brain is allowed to release the stored traumatic event. It allows the client to identify, process and release the neurobiological source of the trauma.
TREATING FIRST RESPONDERS
Originating from a familial and civilian law enforcement background, I understand the challenges faced by first responders and their families. The constant “fight or flight” state of arousal, if not properly managed, can lead to many physical ailments and emotionally maladaptive responses. It is important to recognize the unique toll placed on first responders and their families while providing a high level of confidentiality and safety, so that clients can explore emotional and/or relationship issues that arise as a result of a chosen career.
Also, being a victim advocate and effectuating change from a policy level for victims of sexual assault, I understand the importance of trauma informed care coupled with trauma specific interventions. Often times, victims feel stripped of their voice and power. Consequently, it is important to assist the victim by helping them restore their sense of safety, hope, autonomy, and empowerment.
My therapeutic approach believes that understanding the neurobiology of trauma and how the body responds to the traumatic stress is an important aspect of the therapeutic process. The mind, body, and senses all react to stressful events in ways that originate from our primitive ancestral beginnings and each play a vital role in detecting danger and keeping us safe. By incorporating an educational component into the therapeutic arena, first responders, their family members, and victims are able to gain a deeper understanding of how trauma and traumatic stress affects the mind, body, and senses while learning ways to regain control of their lives in a healthy and meaningful way.
Coming from a rich and historically diverse community in North-East Los Angeles, I hold a deep belief that therapy needs to take place within the context of each person’s cultural background and examined within that arena. Culture and diversity are part of the human experience and need to be honored and recognized within the therapeutic environment.
WHO I TREAT
I provide individual counseling and psychotherapy services to children, adolescents and adults.
- Anxiety & Depression
- Cognitive Behavior
- Substance Abuse Relapse Prevention
- Anger Management & Chronic Reactivity
- Post Traumatic Stress Response (PTSD)
- Vicarious Trauma
- Trauma Reccovery
- Women’s Issues
- Parenting Issues
Sessions are available in office, HIPPA compliant live streaming video or phone sessions are available.
FEES & INSURANCE
All payments are due at the time of services.
- $120.00 per 50 minute session
Accepted Insurance: Aetna, Beacon, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, Kaiser, TRICARE, and United Health.