I began my journey towards becoming a therapist when I was in high school. Thinking back now, I can remember gravitating towards the discussions about family dynamics, that I would encounter in so many areas of my life, including at the dinner tables and couches of those I visited. My life was not perfect, but over the years, I was able to recognize that I was fortunate to have had the family I have now. I knew then, that I wanted to help as many individuals and families as possible, to help them uncover the hidden potential to give beautiful life experiences to those in their everyday walk.
College life followed high school, as I pursued my undergraduate degree at The University of California, Riverside and earned a B.A. in Psychology. Afterwards, I attended California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, where I earned my M.S. in Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy.
The majority of my professional experience in treating couples, families and individuals, has been in community mental health settings located in Riverside, San Bernardino and Los Angeles counties.
I feel that the families I have worked with have been successful because they were able to realize their inner strengths, and were able to apply the tools learned in sessions, to their everyday lives. I do not believe in speaking to clients with all sorts of psychological jargon, to sound more professional or capable. I have found that when I apply my God given talent to listen, conceptualize family dynamics, and share strategies to combat dysfunctional patterns, client's typically renew their hopes, and are better able to implement needed changes to their lives, therein, finding success.
Things I have heard in the past as it relates to treatment:
(Statements below have been modified in order to protect the identity of the client/family member)
-Thank you so much for helping my daughter; she hated therapy before she met you. She's a whole different person now. I can't believe it!
-I guess I'd never thought of that. I can't believe it. Thank you.
-I know that I can't live this way anymore. I want to be a better mom. I want her to know that I love her.
-Oh my goodness, finally someone understands me. I've worked with so many other therapists and psychologists, and they've just written me off as being the problem, when I've known that something is different about my child compared to others. They wouldn't listen to me. I feel like you get it.
-You've been such a blessing to our family!