My approach to therapy is simple: Compassion First. I am dedicated to helping clients with real change and growth in a judgment-free space.
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Orange, CA
Relationships can bring out the best and worst in each of us. There is something exciting and terrifying about the radical intimacy that a relationship offers. It's like a magnifying glass into ourselves and the other. This closeness can bring a sense of emotional security AND expose our vulnerabilities at the same time. When conflict and distress shows up in relationships, therapy helps to sort through the challenges and emotions by improving communication skills and emotional understanding.
College students and young adults face some of the most challenging adjustment periods in life. Stepping into adulthood means taking on numerous new responsibilities all at once. It's also the time when scary emotions can arise for the first time such as depression, anxiety, panic attacks, excessive worry, and deep hopelessness. Therapy can help regulate these emotions, teach healthier coping skills, and increase insight so you are able to make choices that align with your values and goals.
Everything feels bigger during the teen years. Growth and change is radical and dynamic and can feel overwhelming. Teens face conflicts with family members and peers. Teens often struggle with internal distress such as identity challenges, meaning-of-life questions, managing stress, and emotion regulation. Teens face external stressors such as family dysfunction, academic challenges, and big decisions. Therapy will teach new skills and coping tools to manage and tolerate life a bit easier.
Ideal for teens and young adults who struggle with emotion regulation challenges. DBT teaches specific skills in mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, and interpersonal skills. These skills can be taught concurrently with other modes of therapy. I have received specific training in DBT for Adolescents.
Couples often struggle with communication and emotional distress. I have specific experience in assisting couples in improving communication skills. I utilize interventions from the Gottman Method and emotional focused therapy (EFT) to help reduce conflict and establish a deeper connection with each other.
You are the expert on you and therapy should be structured around you and your goals. Person-Centered therapy is about the therapist meeting you, the client, where you are. You get to determine your goals and together we will formulate a plan and path forward so you can overcome challenges, improve areas of your life, or just grow into the best version of yourself possible.