Long-term change comes easier and is more likely to last when teens and their family collaborate and are both involved in making positive changes together. We will work as a team to come up with goals that fit your teen’s needs. I like to involve parents/caregivers/family as much as necessary to help achieve their goals.
I believe therapy should be a place where people can feel heard, supported and encouraged but also challenged. I strive to create a welcoming, non-judgmental environment where teens can feel validated and accepted – where they can feel ready to communicate and face issues that are really important to them.
Why Teens Love Working With Me:
I am genuinely interested in getting to know the teens I work with. I have a nurturing and gentle approach in helping them reach their goals. I partner with the teens I work with to create trusting relationships through honest interactions.
Why I Love Working With Teens:
I love that there are so many different ways to work with teens in session – we talk, we play, we draw, we cry, we laugh, sometimes all in one session! Although I’ve worked with teens for years, it still amazes me how adaptable and resilient they can be. I really appreciate being able to witness their openness to growth and willingness to challenge themselves.
I have worked with a diverse population of children and teens of all ethnicities for the past four years doing therapy at agencies, schools and even their own homes. Some issues I have focused on with my clients include: working through traumatic experiences, finding ways to cope with depression, managing stress/anxiety and increasing self-esteem. Before beginning my career as a therapist I have also worked with children in teaching and mentoring positions.
University of Southern California: Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy
University of California, Irvine: Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Social Behavior
I am licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California: MFT #109007.