“Success is not final,
failure is not fatal:
it is the courage to continue that counts.”
Over the last 8 years, I have had extensive experience working with clients with a wide range of psychiatric disorders in a variety of inpatient and outpatient clinical settings. I have a solid foundation in conflict management, risk assessment, crisis intervention/prevention; as well as individual therapy and variety of group therapy approaches (i.e. CBT, ACT, DBT, stress management, anger management, interpersonal communication, self-care, etc.). I am knowledgeable working with clients experiencing a variety of mental health issues and challenges.
My doctoral dissertation investigated the maintenance of long-term recovery from drugs and/or alcohol in sexual minority adults. I volunteered at Stepping Stone of San Diego, Inc., which is a rehabilitation facility that specializes in treating the LGBT+ community. While at R.J. Donovan State Prison, I worked within the LGBTI Support Unit, assisted the head of the LGBTI Support Unit in obtaining information for gender reassignment surgery assessments, and facilitated gender identity and sexual minority groups. Working with and advocating for minority populations has been a passion of mine, especially regarding addiction and recovery.
While completing my internship at API, I created a psycho-educational Multicultural Mindfulness group, which provided a safe environment for clients to process how their culture significantly impacts various aspects of their mental health, including the perception of health and illness, treatment-seeking behaviors, and coping styles. These experiences have granted me the ability to utilize LGBT+ affirming therapy and culture affirming therapy to validate, understand, and empathize with various cultures and intersectionalities. My curriculum for that group continues to be utilized and has spread to other outpatient programs within the facility.
I earned a Doctorate Degree in Clinical Psychology and a Master’s Degree from Alliant International University / CSPP, San Diego, CA. I am a Registered Psychological Assistant (PSB94026207) completing her post-doctoral hours under the supervision of Dr. Julia Rosengren.
Fee: $150 per 50-minute session (some reduced fee slots available)