"When we numb the darkness, we numb the light"- Brené Brown
I am an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. I received my B.A. in Psychology from UCLA and my M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Alliant International University, where I am also working on my Doctorate degree. I am currently on the path to becoming specialized in Emotionally Focused Therapy. I have experience working with individuals, teenagers, couples, families, and children. I have provided psychotherapy for various issues such as crisis intervention, adolescent behavioral and emotional issues, depression/anxiety, family conflict, substance abuse, relationship issues, and more. I practice at Newport Couple and Family Therapy and I am supervised under Tinaz Vevaina, LMFT #36131.
Everyone feels lost sometimes, but we don't have to go through this journey alone. When we hold all of our pain inside, we deprive ourselves of living our most authentic and happy life. We all feel depressed, anxious, low self-esteem, anger, no motivation, etc. and my passion is to help guide my clients through these obstacles. I help to access the best parts of your yourself and regain control of your life. I care deeply about every single one of my clients and I think a safe and trusting relationship between us is the most important part of therapy. You're already taking the first steps, right now, to better mental health!
Families often feel stuck and overwhelmed with conflict and our relationships in our families can have great impact on our mental health. With family therapy, we can work towards mending these relationships to create a better life for ourselves and our loved ones. When I work with a family, I make sure that every member feels heard and acknowledged.
I use Emotionally Focused Therapy with my couples because it is the most research and evidence-based model in couple’s therapy. I appreciate EFT’s focus on stopping stuck patterns in relationships and helping couples express their underlying needs and wants. I believe that all couples argue, but the key to a successful relationship is learning how to argue in a more respectful and loving way.