- Medication Management
About My Clients
Beginning therapy can be both an exciting and difficult step. Change is never easy. Although your situation may be difficult to cope with, have supported clients as they learned to overcome their most painful experiences, emotions, emotions, and thoughts. By learning how to cope more effectively and using new skills, you can take action to live the life you want Receiving individualized and empathetic care is at the core of what I offer to clients ready to make change.
My Background and Approach
I am a licensed clinical psychologist with American Psychological Association (APA) accredited training from graduate school through my postdoctoral residency. I received my Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Texas Tech University and completed my internship at the Durham Veterans Affairs in North Carolina before returning to my home state of California to complete my postdoctoral residency at the San Diego Veterans Affairs/University of California, San Diego psychology training program. The programs I was involved in for graduate school and internship trained me as a generalist. This means that I obtained both clinical and research experience working with clients with a number of presenting issues and concerns, allowing me to effectively treat a number of psychiatric concerns. Much of my training is based on the Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) model and therapies that grew from this theory (e.g., Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy).
My Personal Beliefs and Interests
An aspect that I find to be critical in delivering treatment is considering the background and individual differences of each of my clients. No two clients are exactly the same and that means that no two plans for treatment can be the same. Because of this belief, I worked to obtain specialized training culminating an a unique expertise in individualizing CBT in way that the therapy remains effective without sticking to a “one size fits all” model of delivery. More specifically, I use my training with evidence-based treatments as a framework to tailor therapy to each person I work with. This way I take a whole person approach to treatment and go further than focusing on symptoms and problems. This allows the space needed to consider the context of each client in regard to his or her background, life experiences, goals, and personal values making treatment all the more effective.