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When an object breaks, it doesn’t mean that it is no longer useful. Its breakage can become valuable. We should try to repair things because in doing so we obtain new insight and create more valuable objects.

This is the essence of resilience.

Each of us should look for a way to cope with traumatic events in a positive growth, learn from negative experiences, take the best from them and convince ourselves that exactly these experiences make each person unique, and precious.

Kintsugi: the art of precious scars

Kintsugi: the art of precious scars

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Your pain is the breaking of the shell

that encloses your understanding

Kahlil Gibran

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About

About Me

 I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, #135129. I received a Master of Art in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University Los Angeles, where I specialized in Psychology of Trauma. I support individuals, couples, families and group therapy in processing a wide range of issues, including but not limited to, HIV, substance use disorder and various patterns of addiction, intimate partner issues, trauma, both current and past involving families and work environments, depression, self-esteem, anxiety and relationship difficulties.

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If you find yourself experiencing relationship concerns, interpersonal challenges, or employment issues? Struggling with addiction, depression, self-esteem, anxiety, or the aftermath of trauma? As a therapist, I am here to support and guide you. I am empathetic, genuine, connected and collaborative. My role is to facilitate your understanding of what is preventing and blocking you from achieving your goals, harmony of mind and repose. Prior to becoming a therapist, I have worked for over 16 years in the entertainment industry. A process of introspection led me to discover my true passion lies in connecting with people.

I also have an MFA from UCLA in Film and Television Producing and for 16 years I worked both in the studio system and with independents. Primarily I worked in development and production of features, TV sitcoms and radio programming. I studied art in undergraduate school at the California College of the Arts and maintain a connection in the arts both locally and on the east coast. The film, television and art industries have given me a certain insight into an array of different personalities and an appreciation of the trials and tribulations that come with the creative mind and soul.

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“When so many are lonely as seem to be

lonely, it would be inexcusably selfish

to be lonely alone.”

Tennessee Williams

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“Look at the sky. We are not alone. The whole universe is friendly to us and conspires only to give the best to those who dream and work.”

A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once they grow up

Pablo Picasso

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Specializing in Substance Use Disorder, Trauma, Anxiety, Depression, LGBTQIA Issues and Group Therapy

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I think being gay is a blessing,

and it’s something I am thankful for

every single day…

I couldn’t be more proud of being gay

Anderson Cooper

Substance Use Disorder

Treatment for substance use disorders can take many different forms and may be delivered in a range of settings varying in intensity. Ideally, services are not “one size fits all” but are tailored to the unique needs of the individual. Treatment will provide for an adequate length of time and will address the patient’s substance use as well as related health and social consequences that could contribute to the risk of relapse, including connecting the patient to the appropriate Treatment Center.

Trauma 

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) can follow an exposure to a traumatic event such as sexual or physical assault, witnessing a death, the unexpected death of a loved one, or a natural disaster. Trauma can also be extensive and on-going, known as complex Trauma, e.g., domestic violence, child abuse, ferocity challenging work, such as police, fire fighters and military service. Along with Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, I engage the concept of Posttraumatic Growth, which is the experience of positive change that the individual experiences as a result of the struggle with a traumatic event

Anxiety

Generalized anxiety is also known as free-floating anxiety. Those with free-floating anxiety can feel anxious for no clear reason, feeling overly stressed about a particular event, that may seem inconsequential when viewed differently. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy explores one’s negative thoughts which affect how you feel and subsequently behave. The goal of CBT is to identify and understand your negative thinking and ineffective behavior patterns and replace them with more realistic thoughts and effective actions and coping mechanisms.

Depression 

I have found that depression usually stems from the premise that thoughts can be characterized by dysfunctional negative views of oneself, one’s life experiences (and world in general) and one’s future – the cognitive triad. A clinically depressed person is likely to believe themselves as being incapable and helpless, to view others as being judgmental and critical and the future as being bleak and unrewarding. CBT is a structured and didactic form of therapy that focuses on helping individuals identify and modify maladaptive thinking and behavior patterns.

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LGBTQIA

Coping with discrimination and oppression, coming out to one’s family, and sorting out an “authentic” sense of self in the face of social expectations and pressures can lead to higher levels of depression, anxiety, substance use, and other mental health concerns for LGBTQIA people. Affirmative therapy is an approach to therapy that embraces a positive view of the LGBTQIA identities and relationships and addresses the negative influences that homophobia, transphobia, and heterosexism have on the lives of LGBTQIA clients. We reflect on your own upbringing, attitudes, and beliefs; acknowledge areas of privilege; recognize bias stemming from living in a heteronormative and a gender-binarism society.

“If I love myself, I love you.

If I love you,

I love myself”

Rumi

Group Therapy

Group therapy is a form of therapy which enables a group of individuals to meet, discuss and process their problems together with the help and guidance of a therapist. The group goals include but not limited to improving relationship, career issues, collectively tackling anxiety, anger management, depression, loss, and substance use disorders. Group therapy allows you to talk to other people who can relate to the issues and symptoms you are experiencing. Many people report support groups reassure them that they are not alone and provide them with ideas and resources.

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