About Therapy

A quick turn from nervous to relaxed…

You approach a door, feeling uncertain. Adrenaline floods your body, making your hands sweat… your heart race.

Maybe this isn’t new at all. Maybe you’ve been feeling this way a lot lately.

You open the door and enter a room. Your therapist’s waiting room. You immediately observe soft colors, muted tones. As you take a seat in one of the gold-brown colored chairs, you experience relief, as the cushion is soft and velvety.

Sounds of trickling water and calm music, accompanied with the slight scent of lavender, tease your senses. A box of herbal teas sits next to a large fountain on the console table, inviting you to help yourself.

Your feel your muscles relaxing…

This is a safe place for you.

Another door opens. It’s me… greeting you with a warm smile and welcoming you to the office. You take a seat on the comfortable couch. I sit across from you, once again smiling and asking you what brings you to therapy.

This is new, so you might be anxious. I’ll let you know that most people feel this way the first session, but I’ll reassure you that this is a safe place for you to express your emotions.

You feel welcome and begin to relax…

The hope that comes from sharing your story…

Sometimes clients say they feel “foolish” as they start to tell their story. They think that other people have it much worse—that they have no real reason for struggling. After all, there are people with real problems out there.

But I’ll validate your feelings and gently explain that your response is very common. People who have a background history of at least one traumatic life event often unintentionally minimize their experiences.

I’ll go on to elaborate that the type of therapy I offer will help you to better understand and resolve these events, so that you will feel calmer and develop a more positive self-image.

You take a deep breath, sit back, and feel more hopeful that you have in a very long time…

The healing that occurs…

Many of my clients are coming to therapy with years of experiences that have culminated in beliefs, such as, “I am not good enough” or “I am unlovable.” They often have trouble saying no to others and sometimes even surround themselves with toxic people. They feel anxious and powerless, believing that nothing they do is ever going to change their feelings or circumstances.

There is a better future for you.

I will be there for you as we explore your personal history for memories associated with previous disturbing life events that contribute to the struggles you are facing today.

We will reprocess these events using EMDR and somatic therapy. Soon, you will notice your distress lessening, your mind letting go of internal conflicts.

Over time, you will come to realize that there is nothing wrong with you and that even your most unhealthy habits or behaviors have been your best attempts to cope with prior traumatic circumstances. Humans do whatever it is they can to survive, emotionally and physically. You will discover you no longer need these crutches anymore, as you feel more content in the world.

I will witness your confidence expanding and your relationships deepening.

You can do this.

If you are ready for a change and would like a happy ending for yourself, reach out today: (562) 375-4389.

About Me

I’ve always been drawn to this work.

I have always been a very sensitive person… drawn to those who have been or are currently being hurt, rejected, or discriminated against. I can’t solve all the world’s problems, but being a therapist allows me to do what I can for people who are most in need of kindness and healing.

My journey has traversed many different settings.

I’ve practiced in a residential facility for abused teens, a domestic violence shelter in Nepal, and supportive housing for formerly homeless adults. I’ve also worked and supervised other therapists at a community mental health agency and partial psychiatric hospital program.

Education and training…

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and a Master of Social Work (MSW). I’m also certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. I have a passion for neuroscience research, so I’m always on the hunt for the most innovative and highly effective methods of addressing the issues that bring people to therapy. In addition, I have extensive training in methods that maximize EMDR therapy and facilitate its use for those who have severe and/or complex post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), spirituality issues, dissociation, addictions, problems with emotional regulation, relationship/couples issues, brain dysregulation, and chronic pain and illness.

Additional information about me…

I love to travel the world and be in nature. And I’ll most likely show you at least one picture of my cat while we work together!