As a Cognitive Behavioral Therapist, I believe that our thoughts, perceptions, and life experiences have a significant impact on our feelings and behavior. My approach seeks to help uncover how life experiences may have shaped maladaptive thoughts and skewed perceptions that are at the root of undesired behaviors and episodes of stress, anxiety, and depression. But that's not enough! With Mindfulness, we'll discover creative ways to recognize thought and perception patterns that may not be working for you and replace these patterns with ones that help you reach your true potential and lead a life that is worth celebrating. While we can't change difficult situations of the past, we can work together to better understand and resolve challenges in your life today. By applying complementary therapy approaches and techniques, we will unearth long-standing behavior patterns or negative perceptions that may be holding you back from experiencing a more fulfilling and meaningful life.
A native of San Jose, I graduated summa cum laude from San Jose State University with a BS (1998) and a MS (2000) in Clinical & Counseling Psychology, with a minor in Sociology that included an emphasis on the modern family. I've been licensed as Marriage and Family Therapist for nearly 15 years including experience as a clinician, clinical supervisor, or director in a variety of human services settings including inpatient hospitals, public schools, community agencies, private practice, residential treatment programs and suicide prevention services. I have advanced training and experience treating depression, anxiety, trauma, adjustment disorders, complicated bereavement, attachment disorders, childhood behavior disorders, ADHD related behavioral challenges, gender dysphoria, and a variety of family discord issues. My practice is LGBTQQIP2SAA+ friendly.
Currently, I'm treating adults, couples, and adolescents ages 12 and up, Monday - Thursdays after 6pm and Saturday mornings. Due to other employment, I am unavailable for appointments or phone consultations between the hours of 7am and 5pm, Monday - Friday.
Please note: Due to the nature of my employment outside my practice, I am unable to accept clients who have a case filed with the California Superior Court in the county of Santa Clara.