Becoming a Relationship Therapist
The ‘ups and downs’ in life can be many and the path can seem lonely and almost overwhelming at times. It is through my own personal journey with therapy that I have come to bear witness to the power of speaking to a therapist and the healing that it can provide. As a combat veteran, I have seen some of the darkest of days. My hope is to help people navigate through their toughest moments in life and to celebrate their personal victories, no matter how big or small they may be. I want to give people the tools to be successful so they can go forth and conquer in life, and in love…no matter their past. We can all rewrite our stories, but first we must want to.
As a therapist, I am aware of the stigma that can come with the mental health field and I know how hard it can be to get the help one needs. I have feared judgment and possible ramification from getting help (being active duty military) and I am aware of the pressures and of the shame that seems to surround it as well. I am a firm believer that therapy is an essential and integral part of being human and by speaking about life’s challenges and traumas, it can help to uncover the reasons for suffering. I promise to offer encouragement and an unbiased ear. Seeking help never seems easy, but I can guarantee that it will be worth it. The first step is always the hardest.
Counseling Style and Strengths
I offer a transparent and no-nonsense style to therapy, while still being able to provide compassion, sympathy, and empathy. I will help you navigate through life, no matter the reason or season that brings you to The Relationship Place. If there is a will then there is a way, and I will make sure that the way is for you to find peace, acceptance, and happiness in any situation.
Professional Counseling Background
I graduated from UC Berkeley in 2007, with an undergraduate in Social Welfare, where I utilized my counseling skills in many different settings, from peacetime to combat/deployed locations for both men and women within the Armed Forces. Upon my retirement from the United States Air Force (2016), I attended USC and received my Master’s in Social Work with an emphasis in Military Social Work. My internship involved working with clients in crisis, addiction, and domestic violence. Relationship therapy is a substantial part of the work as well, as healthy relationships is something that we all strive for, be that professionally and/or personally.
Professional Therapist Credentials and Training
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Gottman Method
- Combat Trauma and Recovery