I am a bilingual/bicultural therapist who has specialized in mental health and psychotherapy since 2007.
In 2007 when I embarked on providing therapy, I immediately fell in love with the process of healing and hope. Since then, I've been providing mental health services to children, adolescents, and adults in Los Angeles County. I've found that therapy is the ultimate form of self-care. It's where one can be understood and guided to act in ways that are aligned with their values and goals.
I’m passionate about helping individuals through their challenges, childhood memories, trauma, parenting and life transitions. I use a combination of strength-based, behavioral, and cognitive interventions to help clients become present, focused and skillful -- all in an effort to train them to become their own therapists while developing a life worth living.
I have experience with providing therapy to children, adolescents, transition aged youth, and adults, as well as providing clinical supervision to MSW graduate students. I have treated a range of disorders, such as disruptive behaviors, depression, anxiety, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, ADHD, schizophrenia, self-harm, suicidal ideations, borderline personality traits, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Additionally, I'm obsessed with trees, mainly because I teach core beliefs and thinking patterns by describing trees and roots. Trees have been traditionally known for their wisdom and resilience despite great adversity. Roots form the foundation of a tree that will ultimately dictate wellness, strength and the capacity to grow and strive. Likewise, I strive to guide people to uncover what their roots are, help them heal, and ultimately, to thrive.
About my training: I completed both clinical internships with the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health with a focus on community mental health. From 2008-2009 I interned at Harbor UCLA, focusing on providing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) to adults in English and Spanish.
After earning my Masters in Social Welfare (MSW) in 2009, I worked at the Long Beach Child/Adolescent Program and Harbor-UCLA Child and Adolescent Psychiatry providing mental health treatment to children, adolescents, families, and Transition-Aged Youth. From 2013 – 2014 I also participated as a DBT study therapist on a randomly controlled trial providing DBT to suicidal and self-harming adolescents. Since 2015, I have been the clinical supervisor and coordinator for a program that provides mental health services to single parents and their children.
My approach combines compassion and science to help people feel validated as they take the necessary steps to reach their behavioral goals and values. I have been extensively trained in various Evidence-Based Practices (EBPs) for the issues discussed above. They include, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused CBT (TFCBT), Adolescent and Adult Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) for children ages 2-7, and Family Focused Therapy (FFT) for early onset psychosis and Bipolar disorders in adolescents. I am also a certified fellow and Diplomat of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy. I love learning and am committed to continuous training to enhance my skills and be up to date with the most up to date interventions and innovations in mental health treatment.
Fun Facts about me: I’ve completed three Long Beach Half-Marathons. My current method of exercise is running after or dancing with my very spirited toddler. I love to crochet and always bring my yarn and hook everywhere I go. My guilty pleasures include binge watching TV shows like Grey’s Anatomy (yes, I’m very loyal), Stranger Things, Twin Peaks, Friday Night Lights, Parenthood, Parks and Recreation, Homeland, Veep, and Jane the Virgin. My favorite movies tend to be biographical and musical in nature. That means that 'Selena' is at the top of the list.