Effective and Affordable Therapy
I am a is a licensed Marriage and Family therapist and Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist practicing in Mission Viejo. I've provided services to a wide variety of clientele having worked in both out-patient clinics and in-patient psychiatric treatment setting. In Private Practice, I enjoy working with individuals, couples, and families that may be struggling with anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship issues, or chronic low self-esteem. I accept most PPO insurance plans, and am currently a provider for Aetna, Blue Shield, Magellan, Cigna, MHN, Blue Cross/Blue Shield and more. My fees are reasonable and I also provide a sliding scale for people currently in financial distress.
My additional specialization is helping adolescents and their families. Prior to entering private practice, I worked at special needs junior and senior high school, and have expertise and sensitivity for working with adolescents experiencing such issues as trauma, Asperger's Syndrome related issues, sexual orientation and gender, ADHD, learning disabilities, drug and alcohol addiction, low motivation, depression, and self-destructive behaviors such as cutting. I enjoy working with teens, as well as their families by helping the entire family deal with this very important and critical developmental stage. I understand the stress that children and adolescents must face and help them cope with their stress, anger, and depression by helping them find restorative tools that work for them, and to find self-awareness as well as emotional balance.
"The best parts of you are hidden where you're most afraid to look"
- Michael Benner -
"In life we do things.
Some we wish we had never done.
Some we wish we could replay a million times in our heads.
But they all make us who we are.
And in the end, they shape every detail about us.
If we were to reverse any of them, we wouldn't be the person we are.
So just live, make mistakes, have wonderful memories, but never, ever second guess who you are,
where you have been, and more importantly, where you are going"
- Anonymous -
I believe that any trauma, crisis or negative experience in life, no matter how difficult or challenging, is really an opportunity for us to discover our healthier self and to find the power within themselves not just to survive, but to thrive, expand and to experience our life in its fullest expression. I have a passion for helping people who wish to take the opportunity to make their lives better. The goals in therapy focus on healing and recovery by increasing your innate and powerful ability to create the life you desire for yourself. I will help you transform and heal your life from a place of pain and negative patterns that keep you be stuck, to a place of of joy, self-awareness, purpose and power. It's never too late to re-claim your power and to release the thoughts, feelings, and beliefs that are not working for us.