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  • FAQs

    Why therapy?

    The therapeutic relationship, rooted in safety and acceptance, provides a new security from which to explore difficult experiences and situations. Things that have felt risky to share are explored with respect for the client.

    What’s the difference between talking to you or my best friend or family?

    A mental health professional can help you approach your situation in a new way– teach you new skills, gain different perspectives, listen to you without judgment or expectations, and help you listen to yourself. Furthermore, counseling is completely confidential. You won’t have to worry about others “knowing my business.” Lastly, if your situation provokes a great deal of negative emotion, and you’ve been confiding in a friend or family member, there is the risk that once you are feeling better you could start avoiding that person so you aren’t reminded of this difficult time in your life.

    Why shouldn’t I just take medication?

    Medication can be effective but it alone cannot solve all issues. Sometimes medication is needed in conjunction with counseling. Our work together is designed to explore and unpack the problems you are experiencing and expand on your strengths that can help you accomplish your personal goals.

    How does it work? What do I have to do in sessions?

    Because each person has different issues and goals for counseling, your work will be unique to you. I tailor my therapeutic approach to your specific needs. My stance is client-centered and non-judgmental.  I bring acceptance and safe curiosity to every situation.

    How long will it take?

    Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time depends on your goals, your desire for personal development, your commitment, and the factors that are driving you to seek counseling in the first place.

    I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?

    Your active participation and dedication will be crucial to your success. Offering yourself the same non-judgmental acceptance and curiosity that I will bring to our sessions can enhance and open up our work.  I am happy to suggest written and audio resources as well that will help you explore matters between sessions.

    What kind of training do you have?

    I have a Masters Degree in Clinical Mental Health from Concordia University, Irvine.  I chose the program for the emphasis on clinical research, trauma-informed lens, attachment and emotional coherence theories, and interpersonal neurobiology.  I wanted to learn how our emotions, brains, and bodies interact to form and respond to our felt experiences. 

    I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR). I have additional training in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) for work with families and couples, Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT), and Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP).