Becoming a Relationship Therapist
I believe that people are inherently born to be in relationships. Whether that be a relationship within families, with friends or co-workers, etc., we are all destined to be involved in relationships. Relationships are complicated, and frequently we need help in navigating them. None of us have flawless relationships, but therapy can provide a safe opportunity to share, learn, and grow. It is my calling to encourage people to enhance their personal growth, and I am grateful to be part of this journey.
It is my belief that effective therapy requires an authentic human connection. It requires that all involved are both physically and emotionally present and have the courage to be vulnerable. Healing happens within the therapeutic relationship. The relationship can only be cultivated when a person feels safe, fully accepted, unconditionally supported, and that the other person truly has his/her best interest at heart.
I work to help clients and clinicians develop self-awareness by exploring thought patterns and behaviors. I know it takes a lot of effort and time to invest in seeking therapy, and I encourage clients to recognize they are worth the investment. I believe everyone’s story deserves to be heard and validated. Sometimes, it takes all the energy someone has just to show up, but that will be their victory.
Professional Counseling Background
I have been practicing since 2016. My experience and training include eye movement desensitization reprocessing (EMDR), trauma-informed care, motivational interviewing, family systems therapy, couples therapy, solution-focused therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), narrative therapy and holistic health methodologies. Prior to becoming a therapist, I managed a program serving severely mentally ill, homeless adults. I was privileged to support this under-served population here in San Diego, giving me a renewed perspective of the value and worth of every human life. I have also had the opportunity to serve and support victims of domestic violence as well as children with open CPS (Child Protective Services) cases.
Professional Therapist Credentials and Training
- Clinical Supervision & Professional Development
- Advanced Motivational Interviewing
- Christian Counseling
- Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Emergency Mental Health: Assessment and Treatment
- Case Management, Co-Occurring Disorders & Leadership
- Seeking Safety - Trauma Informed Care
- Servant Leadership