I've been described as non-judgmental, warm, validating, and compassionate; I'd like to think that's true, but who am I to say?
Psychologist in San Jose, CA
I have led multiple support and process groups for men, both in the context of university counseling centers as well as an addictions clinic. I am well versed in the current literature regarding the culture of "toxic masculinity," but I am also invested in promoting the cultural values that can empower men to move beyond the systems that create unhealthy male behaviors focused on power, dominance, and emotional restriction.
One of my specialty areas is working with adult children of narcissistic/abusive parents, which can often be a painful and long-term process that I can personally relate to. I have training in the use of radical acceptance, self-compassion, and psychoanalytic/attachment theory in helping individuals with narcissistic or abusive family members get "unstuck" from unhelpful patterns of thinking, emotions, and behaviors and work on owning their own lives and becoming the person they want to be, rather than the person someone else wants them to be.
I co-facilitated a trauma group for adults while working at a hospital, and I currently work with individuals suffering from trauma symptoms. I have training in the use of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Prolonged Exposure in treating trauma, but I also have received training in the treatment of complex PTSD, which involves prolonged and repeated exposure to highly stressful situations (e.g. abusive households, poverty, war).
I've received training in treating trauma from my experiences co-facilitating a trauma group at a hospital, and I have been continuing my training in providing trauma-informed care by seeking education about the relationships between trauma and the mind-body connection, Internal Family Systems therapy, and providing individual therapy for individuals struggling with PTSD and complex PTSD.
I was trained in Interpersonal Therapy starting from the beginning of my graduate school career, and I have led multiple interpersonal process groups. I integrate a lot of IPT into my individual work and also hope to create and facilitate an interpersonal process group again soon.
I attended a 4-day intensive training seminar on ACT and have also presented my own training seminars on ACT to doctoral interns and practicum students. I worked exclusively from an ACT perspective for about 2 years, and though I have been cultivating my practice and expanding my base of knowledge ever since, I still consider ACT to be a major foundation of my work.
I attended a 4-day intensive training seminar on Internal Family Systems and also received clinical supervision from a certified IFS supervisor for a year. I utilize IFS primarily in trauma work, but I have also seen success in integrating the theory into the rest of my practice in treating a variety of clinical issues.