Licensed Psychologist in California, Health & Behavior Coach
My motto is:
"I give your brain hugs not drugs, I provide skills, not pills." I have been providing mental health care for almost 20 years and have been a Licensed Psychologist in California with my own practice since 2003. Using a wide range of evidence-based therapeutic techniques and strategies tailored to each patient, I believe that given the right skills and tools, people are more capable and powerful than they often feel. I specialize in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Integrative Psychology, EMDR (Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), and utilization of Eco-psychology (getting out in nature via Walk-n-Talks). I am also a Health & Behavior Coach, an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, a Certified Primal Health Coach, a Certified AIP (Autoimmune Protocol) Coach, as well as a Mental Health Consultant to various companies, including several Skilled Nursing Facilities in Southern California. I have presented internationally, provide wellness programs and lunch & learns for companies/corporations as well as first responders.
My specialties include adult and geropsychology, treating eating disorders, individuals dealing with auto-immune disease, chronic disease, health concerns, trauma, PTSD, depression, anxiety, cancer, and end of life issues. I provide training for nursing staff as well as coordinate treatment plans with physicians to provide patients with a complete and broad approach towards achieving total well-being. With my unique combination of Psychology, Health & Behavior Coaching I can help my clients find inner peace and happiness, but also expand their perspectives to achieve more than they ever thought possible.
I loved learning about the mind/body so much that after receiving my Doctorate in Psychology, I went on to acquire a Post-Doctoral Master of Science in Psychopharmacology to better understand how chemicals affect the mind. I continue to obtain and acquire knowledge and certifications for health & psychology. My other motto is: "The more tools you have on your tool belt, the better superhero you can be."
With my current certifications and education, I not only assist patients in improving their mental health but create concrete, achievable goals for personal fulfillment in their careers, families, health and personal relationships. I try as much as I can to practice what I preach, hence I practice mindfulness and meditation, cooking nutrient-dense meals, spending time with my adorable co-"Dog"tor, Chicken the Dog, and going into nature. I particularly love going for "Walk-n-Talk" sessions with my clients. Due to my own battles with auto-immune disease, I particularly like helping others with auto-immune diseases regain their joy and vitality for life. I look forward to standing (or walking) side-by-side with you and helping you achieve love, health, and joy.
Enduring my own health challenges and chronic illness (autoimmune diseases) really inspired me to help others. It makes a huge difference when you have someone on your side go through the tough times in life.
Energetic, optimistic and they feel like they were heard.
It can definitely feel daunting and overwhelming to find the right match or fit with either a Psychotherapist or a coach and yet, it can be a fun process too. I recommend viewing many profiles, checking out their website, and calling them directly to see if they'd provide a 10-15 minute chat to see if you like their demeanor. And be empowered to ask questions.