Entering therapy with me entails a variety of methods which are tailored to your specific requirements.
Unlike many therapists who spend a great deal of time excavating the past, I focus on your current concerns and then utilize the best approach to address them.
The clinical methods I use may include Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy and others. These are all research-based techniques for helping people improve their lives.
If you are viewing this website, you are searching for help. Don't wait until your challenges become insurmountable. Either email me or pick up your phone and reach out to me. I look forward to speaking with you and helping you find solutions toward a better life.
Initially I aim to establish rapport and provide hope that solutions to your challenges are achievable. I am directive and solution-focused. While I need to understand the source of your problem I won't have you spend numerous hours combing through every detail of your past before beginning to consider current issues and future dreams.
The goal of my time with you is to find tools for your particular situation that enable you to function in your life as you envision it. We will focus on the issues you are struggling with and want resolution for.
My function is to accompany you on your journey long enough until you can manage on your own, only returning if you need a course-correction. Additionally, I use liberal amounts of humor as tool in my tool chest.
Growing up in a military family, I was surrounded by numerous cultures in Europe. Those experiences taught me a special sensitivity for different ways of looking at the world.
I spent nearly twenty years as a child protective services worker with insight and training in alcohol and drug abuse, sexual abuse and family problems as well as individual issues. As a result, I am rarely surprised at how devastating personal and family situations can be. Nevertheless, positive outcomes are still very achievable.
After retiring from Child Protective Services I began a private practice as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, first with an office in Oceanside and now in Long Beach. I see clients from the Long Beach, Los Angeles and San Diego Areas.
Individuals, Couples of all Genders, Families, Teens, Caregivers, and Family Decision Making