My philosophy as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist can be summarized in a quote by American novelist, Edith Wharton, who said, “There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” It is my belief that each individual possesses inherent strengths and characteristics about them that internal struggles or even those in the environment may have caused to dim over time. As a therapist, it is my job to help you realize or rediscover your light. My approach is always nonjudgmental and initially client-centered and insight-oriented to allow you to understand yourself better and gain compassion and acceptance for all that is going on, both the good and the bad. From there, I pull concepts and strategies from several theories, primarily Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Emotion Focused Therapy, to begin the collaborative process of positive change. My hope as your therapist is that the unique combination of my experience, skills, and knowledge with your innate resilience, willingness to be challenged, and whole-hearted efforts will finally lead you to increased satisfaction in your personal relationships and an overall more fulfilling quality of life.
I began my educational journey as a Marriage and Family Therapist during my undergraduate years at Azusa Pacific University. It was my class in family systems that first opened my mind to the idea that problems in relationships may not be 100% attributable to just one person, but rather to the relationship dynamics themselves. Since then, I developed a passion for relationships and a thirst for more knowledge in the field of psychology. After obtaining my Bachelor of Arts degree, I went on to pursue my Master of Arts degree in Psychology from Chapman University because, I figured, passion and knowledge are useless if not used to help others. I became licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist with the Board of Behavioral Sciences in January 2015.
Since I began practicing psychotherapy in 2010, I have gained experience in providing therapy to a wide range of clientele dealing with an even wider range of struggles, including depression, anxiety, anger, relationship distress, trauma, grief and loss, phase of life problems, divorce and separation, and behavioral concerns. I completed much of my intern hours at Chino Human Services, where I provided school-based counseling to students and agency-based counseling to adult individuals, couples, and families. I also have licensed experience through Hope Inc. Family Counseling in Rancho Cucamonga and through Spectrum Center Schools in San Bernardino working in non-public school settings with children with special needs as well as troubled adolescents. A larger portion of my years a licensed clinician had been spent providing counseling in a group private practice setting through ACT Family Counseling in Chino/Ontario. I now provide counseling services from the Soul Tenders office in Cerritos from Mondays through Thursdays.