My name is Crystal (pronouns: she/her)! We are all doing the best we can with what we have at any given moment and sometimes, we need help.
Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Pasadena, CA
Supervised by Dr. Linda Baggett, PSY25870
Life is a series of experiences that we catalog as stories. These stories hold a collection of ideas and beliefs that we have observed from others and that we have been taught. Some of these stories center around problems that we are experiencing. So we explore the stories, remove the problem, examine if it still serves your goals and purposes, and rewrite it in a way that makes sense for you.
Traditionally, therapy has focused on pathology (what is wrong), and while I agree it is important to identify and rectify issues that cause pain and disruption, I also strongly believe that therapy can and should focus on strengths, meaning, purpose, and how to live life to the fullest. People are inherently good and tapping into these positive traits will provide you with the wisdom to make the best choice for your life.
We all have needs. From the day we were born until the day we will die. We will need to know that we are connected to others, that our experiences matter to others, that if we are hurt we will be comforted, and that even when we are absent we hold space in someone's mind. When one or more of these needs is not met, or when we fail to acknowledge that we desire for that need to be met, that's when we can run into problems. By addressing and acknowledging these needs is how we thrive.
Daily, women are faced with policy and structures in a society that actively hinders their progress, stifle their voices, and controls their bodies. And yet, daily, we continue to rise, bear, and conquer the various responsibilities that fall on our shoulders. It can be a lot and women deserve a space where they can process, where they can lay down their loads and heal.
We are ever-changing. Things that may have once served us may no longer align with where we want to go and who we want to be. My work with individuals centers around supporting them as they embrace self-development and strengthen self-esteem, combat anxiety surrounding change, navigate life transitions, confront stress, dismantle generational impact, and establish healthy boundaries.
Relationships deserve a space where the relationship is the focus. I have taken level one of the Gottman Couples Method as well as attended the EFT Externship. I am particularly passionate about working with interracial/intercultural couples. My work with you here centers on navigating the expression of unspoken and unmet needs, mitigating anxiety within the unit by prioritizing self-integration, creating shared meaning and relationship culture framing differences, and setting boundaries.