Sometimes, we all just need a hand...
Making the decision to seek therapy is not an easy task. It takes courage to admit, even to yourself, that you may need help in your everyday life. After all, that’s what therapy is: it’s help with something or some area of your life that you’re struggling with on your own.
I provide psychotherapy to adults, transition aged youth, and children in a comfortable and friendly environment. I offer a free 20 minute initial interview (by phone or in my office) to answer any questions that you may have and to see if we are an appropriate fit.
My “style” of therapy is one of being very genuine. I offer psychotherapy in a warm and friendly environment and often mix in humor with the work that I do. People’s needs are as varied and unique as are the different ways therapy can be approached. I tailor my approach to fit your specific requirements. However, there are certain basic beliefs that I hold. I believe that people come to me with something that they’ve been struggling with and they can’t see the solution because they’re in the middle of it. They get “stuck” in a story that defines them or something about them and they need help moving beyond that. I am very practical in the work that I do – I believe that therapy should address the issue(s) that has you “stuck” and you need to learn how to move forward; we all need to live and function in this world and we want to be happy! I help you move forward through a combination of education, cognitive behavioral interventions, active listening mixed with relaxation and respect for your personal goals.
People who seek therapy 20%
People who benefit from therapy 85%
I am a native Californian, born and raised in the L. A. area, but my family moved to San Diego about 20 years ago. I went to undergraduate university on the east coast and received my Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering. Shortly after graduating, I volunteered for the Peace Corps and was sent overseas, to southern Africa, to become a high school teacher. When my Peace Corps term ended after two years, I moved to nearby South Africa where I lived for the next 13 years!
I returned to the USA, to San Diego in 2003 and started my graduate school at San Diego State University in 2005 and graduated with my Master’s in Counseling, Marriage and Family Therapy in 2008.