I have experience working with a number of issues that we as people face in our daily lives such as anxiety/depression, traumas, family of origin issues, addictions, relational problems, parenting, and many more. I primarily use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) but am also trained in RRT, EMDR and deep-level-healing methods.
Relationships flourish when there is communication and understanding of the dynamics involved. I am a certified counselor with Prepare-Enrich for Pre-Marital/Marriage assessments and counseling. I am also training in the Gottman Method for Couples Therapy. This also involves an assessment which will establish framework and goals for the process .
Domestic Violence Counseling
I have two decades of experience in dealing with issues in lives and relationships that stem from core issue needs and patterns. Wounds from the past impact the type of people we are attracted to and our responses within the relationships. This will reflect in relationships with parents, family, partners, friends and life in general. I was a facilitator in the Life Skills Program in San Diego for six years, and understand the methods used to heal from individual and relational issues.
Teen Problem Behaviors
I have had success in understanding and walking with teens through this very significant transition in life. Through working with teens, I am able to also assist with any parenting issues, questions, and conflicts. I am also trained in the Trust Based Relational Interventions (TBRI) method for working with teens who have been adopted or who have experienced trauma.
I worked on a crisis hotline for several years and worked as a wildfire relief counselor, helping people process the direct or indirect trauma of wildfires. I have been trained to work with PTSD, including trauma from war. Working with the Crisis House Centers in San Diego County has given me valuable experience in dealing with the long-term chronically mentally ill. I am also available for crisis counseling in your organization.
I am trained in group counseling regarding student group counseling, sexual issues, domestic violence groups, and spiritual formation groups. I also hold retreats a couple of times a year on various issues. Contact me for more details and dates.
Biblically Based Solutions
I have a background in faith-based counseling but am eager to work with anyone who needs assistance in processing life’s issues. I enjoy counseling from a Biblical worldview and believe that every person is uniquely designed with specific gifts, purpose and passion. Because of life’s hurts and our choices, we have hindrances that are difficult to overcome. Whether faith-based or not, focusing on how to constructively restore people to live a well-balanced and functional life is my number one goal. I work with individuals, couples and groups, setting goals to fulfill the design intended for you.