Starting therapy brings a different experience from person to person. My belief that you are the expert of your own life. My role is supportive but also nurturing. Through the therapeutic relationship and mutual collaboration I firmly believe that we can meet your goals. My primary theoretical orientation is cognitive-behavioral therapy, also known as CBT. I utilize this theoretical orientation because of the structure and evidence-based results. However, I am very much person-centered and follow the client’s lead. I am also currently working on becoming a certified sex therapist with a focus on gay men’s issues and queerness. I am also fully bilingual! I offer therapy in both English and Spanish.
Below are some of the main concerns I support clients with:
Anxiety is a feeling of fear, dread, and uneasiness. It might cause you to sweat, feel restless and tense, and have a rapid heartbeat. It can be a normal reaction to stress. For example, you might feel anxious when faced with a difficult problem at work, before taking a test, or before making an important decision. We all experience anxiety, however, an anxiety disorder is different in the way it impacts our functioning and ability to thrive on a daily basis.
Depression (major depressive disorder) is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think and how you act. Depression causes feelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed. It can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems and can decrease your ability to function at work and at home.
A disorder in which a person has difficulty recovering after experiencing or witnessing a terrifying event. The condition may last months or years, with triggers that can bring back memories of the trauma accompanied by intense emotional and physical reactions. Symptoms may include nightmares or unwanted memories of the trauma, avoidance of situations that bring back memories of the trauma, heightened reactions, anxiety, or depressed mood. Treatment includes different types of trauma-focused psychotherapy as well as medications to manage symptoms.
Grief is a normal response to loss during or after a disaster or other traumatic event. Grief can happen in response to loss of life, as well as to drastic changes to daily routines and ways of life that usually bring us comfort and a feeling of stability. Common grief reactions include: Shock, disbelief, or denial Anxiety Distress Anger Periods of sadness Loss of sleep and loss of appetite
Sex therapy is a specialized type of psychotherapy. Through sex therapy, you can address concerns about sexual function, sexual feelings and intimacy, either in individual therapy or couples or family therapy.
Ancestral Rage (Culture Related Focus)
Ancestral Rage is a term used to describe BIPOC Folx natural reaction and response to white supremacy. It can help explain the feelings of frustration and anger we feel navigating a world and history that has threatened our very existence. Through talk therapy BIPOC folx can explore, process, and heal from the impact of white supremacy on our mind, body, and soul. This can allow us to learn ways of utilizing our righteous anger in a constructive way.
Transitions and change are hard. They often require an adjustment period. But, what happens when its taking a long time and we being to feel the impact on our daily lives? Talk therapy can help support you by providing a space to talk and navigate change. Life transitions include: marriage, relocation, new job, first-time parents, going to college, etc.
Child trauma” refers to a scary, dangerous, violent, or life threatening event that happens to a child (0-18 years of age). This type of event may also happen to someone your child knows and your child is impacted as a result of seeing or hearing about the other person being hurt or injured.
Conflict with Partner or Ex-Partner
Relationship conflict and stress have also been shown to have a clear negative impact on health, affecting blood pressure, contributing to heart disease, and correlating with other conditions. Your relationship conflicts truly take a toll on your physical health and affect your emotional well-being as well.
Imposter syndrome is loosely defined as doubting your abilities and feeling like a fraud. It disproportionately affects high-achieving people, who find it difficult to accept their accomplishments. Many question whether they're deserving of accolades.
Are you a creative? Creatives are folx who live to make art, act, influence, and inspire! I consider myself a creative and I love supporting other creatives find inspiration, motivation, and also thrive in their healing.
Research has shown that they are at greater risk for mental health problems. Like everyone else, the majority of gay and bisexual men are able to cope successfully if connected to the right resources. However, ongoing homophobia, stigma (negative and usually unfair beliefs), and discrimination (unfairly treating a person or group of people) can have negative effects on your health. Research also shows that, compared to other men, gay and bisexual men have higher chances of having: Major depression, Bipolar disorder, and Generalized anxiety disorder.
*Currently I only provide therapy for adults in California. Due to the current situation with COVID-19, I only provide teletherapy (phone, video, chat). Due to licensing restrictions, I am not able to provide services outside the state of California.
*If you are interested in a 30-minute phone consultation click on “Client Portal” on the homepage and select “I’m a New Client.”
NOTICE TO CLIENTS
The Board of Behavioral Sciences receives and responds to complaints regarding services provided within the scope of practice of (marriage and family therapists, licensed educational psychologists, clinical social workers, or professional clinical counselors). You may contact the board online at www.bbs.ca.gov, or by calling (916) 574-7830.