I have always been curious about why people do what they do. I started exploring that idea as a stage actor where I would spend my time trying to understand a different person, and then portray their life. As a therapist, that curiosity has been used to help my clients find answers to their questions, an easier path in life, and a love for themselves. I approach therapy with hope, an open mind, and humor.
I have a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology with a minor in Theatre Arts (Acting) from California State University, Fresno. My Masters of Science in Counseling Degree is from California State University, Fullerton. I completed my traineeship at the LGBTQ Center, where I saw individual teen and adult clients as well as families and couples that are members of the LGBTQ+ community.
While completing my traineeship I fell in love with my first theory of therapy, which focuses on understanding our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors from a perspective of mindfulness. In therapy with me we will focus on the acceptance of your feelings and thoughts and how paying attention to them from a new perspective will lead to confidence and stability in your life.
The second theory that I work from came to me from a mentor. The stories that we tell ourselves shape our reality and the language we use is so important. Sometimes, we forget to hold onto the pen and let others write the story for us. During our work, we will focus on making you the author of your own story again.
My third and final theory of therapy came to me from a friend. One of the cornerstones of Feminist Theory is that the political is personal. The way this shows up in our work together is through discussions of social messages and pressures that all people face living in our society. Typically this begins with the question: "What is it like for you to open up to a White guy like me?"