I strongly believe you should feel comfortable with the therapist you choose, and hopeful about the therapy. When you feel this way, therapy is more likely to be very helpful to you. This is one of the reasons I provide a free initial consultation to all prospective clients. Let me introduce myself...
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California (License #LMFT 50726) and maintain a private practice in Torrance, CA. I am trained and experienced in doing one-on-one and family therapy with adults and children. Earlier in my career, I worked in counseling centers, schools, and similar settings. I am currently serving as a private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients.
I hold a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology from the Trinity College of Graduate Studies, whose program is approved by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences ("BBS"). As a graduate of Trinity College, I have a strong background in the integration of Psychology and Christianity. Following graduation, I completed an internship in marriage and family therapy, approved by the BBS.
My theoretical approach is based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy ("CBT") and Family Systems Theory. The most central idea in my work is the importance of integrating Biblical Christianity with evidence-based psychotherapy. Among my areas of expertise are trauma, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder ("PTSD") and other anxiety disorders. I have received additional training in Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy ("TF-CBT"). I also integrate complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, I work with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the emotional healing and personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.
I view therapy as a partnership between us. You define the problem areas to be worked on; I use some special knowledge to help you make the changes you want to make. Psychotherapy is not like visiting a medical doctor. It requires your very active involvement. It requires your best efforts to face thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. For example, I want you to tell me about important experiences, what they mean to you, and what strong feelings are involved. This is one of the ways you are an active partner in therapy. I will provide support and practical feedback to help you effectively address personal life challenges.
I am a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists ("CAMFT"), the American Association of Christian Counselors ("AACC"), the Christian Association of Psychological Studies ("CAPS"), and the Association of Christian Therapists ("ACT").
In addition to being a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I am a commissioned Stephen Minister and Stephen Ministry Leader at my church. I have facilitated care groups there focusing on childhood sexual abuse and marital infidelity of a spouse. I also have experience as a pastoral counselor.