Becoming a Relationship Therapist
The decision to become a therapist was easy for me, for I knew I wanted to work in a profession where I could make a difference in people's lives. I found that therapy allowed me to provide people with insight and inspiration to be the best version of themselves. My education introduced me to a systemic approach, where I have learned of the various ways relationships impact individuals. I recognize that relationships are incredibly diverse for they bring together people with different cultures, backgrounds, and sexualities. I aspire to create an atmosphere for my clients where they feel comfortable to explore all aspects of their relationships and to challenge themselves. I feel passionate about helping people develop healthy communication patterns and strengthening their relationships.
I believe therapy gives people an opportunity to better understand themselves and the way they behave in relationships. I provide a non-judgmental and kind approach with my clients, that allows a safe space to explore the depths of their mind. I base my approach on the needs of my clients, considering what works best for them and helps them reach their desired goals. I show clients compassion and understanding, while also encouraging positive growth.
My Counseling Style and Strengths
My counseling style is warm, non-judgmental, and encouraging. I aim to create an atmosphere where my clients feel supported and safe, while also encouraged to make positive changes in their lives. I like to work collaboratively with my clients, where we set achievable goals and often check in and acknowledge our progress
Professional Counseling Background
I graduated from UCSB with a Bachelors in Sociology, where I learned about the experiences of different cultures and sexualities. I received my Masters of Science from California Lutheran University with a specialization in Attachment Theory. Prior to The Relationship Place, I had worked at a Community Counseling Center where I worked with adults, children, and couples.
Professional Therapist Credentials and Training
- Bachelors of Arts in Sociology, minor in Applied Psychology
- Masters of Science in Counseling Psychology
- Attachment Specialization
- Gottman Method Training
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Solution Focused Therapy