Hello! I'm an Associate MFT who works primarily with individuals with a history of sexual assault/abuse and adolescents.
Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Redondo Beach, CA
Supervised by Cinnamon Howard, LMFT47537
Many of my clients have experienced sexual abuse or assault. When it is appropriate for the client, I like to use EMDR to treat the symptoms of PTSD that are often developed as a result of the trauma. Sexual abuse and assault are painful experiences to work on that require moving at the client's pace and developing a strong sense of safety within the therapy.
All marriages and relationships would benefit from therapy, whether it is to improve communication, heal after betrayal, adjust to a major life change, or to split up in a supported environment. In my work with partners, I like to start with identifying the goals of the therapy and moving forward from there. I often use my EFT training to identify triggers and patterns that couples have fallen into. By identifying these pieces, I can help partners become more intentional in their interactions.
This is an incredibly difficult moment to be an adolescent. I have a great deal of experience working with teens 13-18 during the pandemic. Many teenagers are dealing with significant anxiety, depression, and grief. They are trying to make sense of all that they have lost out on over the last year while also struggling to maintain hope that the future will be a good place to be. In my work with teens, my goal is to be a safe, understanding adult who they can speak to without fear of judgment.
I am an EMDRIA-approved EMDR trained therapist. This modality is different than traditional talk therapy, and for certain clients, can operate as a short-term yet highly effective way of treating PTSD, anxiety, and phobias. I have seen a complete disappearance in PTSD symptoms in individuals who have experienced sexual assault and sexual abuse using this modality. However, it is not an appropriate treatment for all clients at all times, and the assessment phase of this work is very important.
My work with clients is informed by a variety of modalities, including psychodynamic, humanistic, narrative, and solution-focused approaches. I like to incorporate CBT and mindfulness, particularly for clients who are struggling with anxiety, stress, and burnout. I believe that different people respond to different approaches, and I enjoy having the ability to provide my client with what will be most beneficial to them, regardless of the modality that it comes from.
EFT is a modality that is all about working with couples in romantic partnerships. It is an evidence-based practice that has been supported by a great deal of research. It is an incredibly effective approach because it helps partners learn how to attune to each other with the ultimate goal of repairing and strengthening the attachment relationship shared by couples. This is achieved by helping partners understand each other's sensitive spots and healing past wounds, while meeting present needs.