Clinical Social Worker/Therapist -
*Accepting New Clients! Whether your life has been flipped up side down or you are just feeling that something is not right – we can all use some extra support and gain insight from an objective lens. I truly believe that investing in your emotional health is one of the best decisions you can ever make. In the midst of difficulties, often times the people we think would always be there for us or understand, are not able to meet those needs. Most of us do not know how to cope with emotions effectively, and manage or repress our deepest needs, fears, and pain which ultimately comes at a cost. I create a safe atmosphere where you can be seen and accepted for who you are, and help you reach your goals whether they are to improve relationships, career, parenting, or what I find most interesting – understanding why you function the way you do. The COVID pandemic has affected people in different ways, but all have suffered some degree of isolation and loss. Many people have coped maladaptively which has led to some unhealthy habits or increased alcohol and substance use. I have been practicing in the addiction field for most of my career, which under the addiction really is – anxiety, depression, loneliness, family dysfunction, social stress, isolation, relationship dissatisfaction.I am personable, trauma/ addition informed, and use an eclectic approach of various therapies including Intensive Short term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP), Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy, TEAM-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Solution-Focused Therapy. My work experience includes UCSD Outpatient Psychiatry, Kaiser Addiction Medicine, North County Serenity House Outpatient Program, and La Jolla Recovery in primarily an outpatient setting. I have also completed various post-graduate intensive clinical trainings – Certified TEAM CBT Therapist L2, AEDP Therapist L1, Certified Financial Social Worker. I have taught grief and loss groups and believe that therapy support is immeasurably helpful and necessary in a grief illiterate culture.