11622 El Camino Real # 100 , San Diego, CA, 92130
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a Masters Degree from Alliant International University, San Diego. I am a Marriage and Family Specialist. I have been working with children, teens, adults and families for over 30 years and my career experience spans from being a parent and educator to a coach/mentor for professionals, fellow students and parents. I counsel children, families, individuals and couples on all issues impacting one’s healthy and productive life-style. As a skilled professional in the ﬁeld of psychotherapy and an experienced educator I am a compassionate and creative individual who demonstrates high standards and ethics foremost in counseling, mentoring and coaching, thus providing a creative, safe environment in which my clients can develop and re-discover the “self” that they want to be. Over the last 4 years I have been a member of The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapist (AAMFT) in addition to a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. (CAMFT) I am also a Registered Play Therapist and proudly hold membership in the Association of Play Therapy. I am the proud mother of 2 grown children and have been married for 33 years.
The most important part of therapy is making a connection with the client. As a mother, wife, mentor and therapist, I pride myself on my ability to empathize with others. What I believe separates me from other therapists is the careful attention that I pay to this connection. When I enter a session with a client, I am present with them the entire time we are together and all of my attention goes into trying to understand their situation. Once the session is over, my attention to the needs of my clients does not cease. Whether it is returning a phone call in a timely fashion, keeping scheduled appointment, or being flexible with client’s life circumstances.
A child seldom needs a good talking to as a good listening to. ~Robert Brault
The best substitute for experience is being sixteen. ~Raymond Duncan
Adolescence is a period of rapid changes. Between the ages of 12 and 17, for example, a parent ages as much as 20 years.
Adolescents are not monsters. They are just people trying to learn how to make it among the adults in the world, who are probably not so sure themselves. ~Virginia Satir, The New Peoplemaking, 1988 (experiential therapist)
Men marry women with the hope they will never change. Women marry men with the hope they will change. Invariably they are both disappointed.” ~Albert Einstein
A great marriage is not when the ‘perfect couple’ comes together. It is when an imperfect couple learns to enjoy their differences.”
Change happens when we let it.
Emotions and feelings can be bottled up...
No breathing room... Nowhere to go...
As time moves on, the desire and need to grow and spread our wings evolves within ourselves
to endless opportunities...
Therapy is a challenging process. If you are reading this page your curiosity and possibility of a therapeutic process is within arms reach. Therapy can be a daunting process with its challenges and commitments. Individuals have a belief-system that is their own and unique to whom they are. Changing a belief system is not easy nor is it expected. However, having the opportunity to understand one’s belief system, life experience and choices an individual makes can strengthen an understanding of “who you are.” Understanding “self” is a critical component in making change and working towards creating a satisfying relationship with yourself and others in your life.
Starting therapy is challenging. We truly believe that the only obstacle to overcoming challenges in life is a commitment to yourself to reach your goals, no matter how difficult or distant they might be. You may come to me with a very serious challenge that takes time to address or your challenge may be resolved in only a few sessions. Together, we will determine which path is best for you and work towards achieving your goals.
“We shall not cease from explorationAnd the end of all our exploringWill be to arrive where we startedAnd know the place for the first time.”
~T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets