What can patients expect from you as their provider? I have been told by my clients that I always bring warmth and openness to my sessions. I believe in bringing my authentic self to each session so my client can build a trusting therapeutic relationship with me. My mission is to understand who my client is and walk alongside them in their journey. I am truly inspired by the resilience I find in each person I meet. The best part of my profession is helping them see this in themselves. My clients can expect honesty, transparency, and an opportunity to thrive through a supportive process.
What makes you different as a provider? Making the decision to seek mental health support is important yet frightening for many. The fear sometimes comes from a place that counseling will be about what is “wrong” with someone. I believe that no one who comes to see me is “broken” and that they do not need to be “fixed”. I see every person as having the ability to make positive changes and it is my goal to help my clients uncover the capabilities they already have. I work from a strength-based approach that will help you break through your personal barriers and leave you feeling empowered.
How long have you lived in Southern California? I have been lucky enough to grow up in San Diego and I do not ever want to leave this warm weather!
How would you describe your family? My fiancé and I live in San Diego with our goofy golden retriever, Alley. We are so lucky that our families live close by and we love getting together for dinners and game nights.
What sort of interests and/or hobbies do you have? I love to cook and travel! When I find good food while traveling, that is the best of both worlds. I have always liked to try out new restaurants and there are so many options in San Diego. I also really enjoy going to the beach and reading a good book as well.
Can you recommend five resources for your patients?
- University of California San Diego Center for Mindfulness
- 25 Simple Self-CareTools for Parents
- Grounding Exercises for Anxiety
- The Gifts of Imperfection by Brené Brown
- Social Anxiety Self-Help Resources