My primary theoretical orientation is cognitive-behavioral. However, I also use interpersonal, multicultural, and strength-based techniques depending on the client’s presenting concerns. , I focus on learning about the client as a whole person and the precipitating factors that maintain his/her problems. In addition, I pay attention to the sociocultural factors that might influence the client’s life. By being genuine, honest, and empathic, I am able to gain a better understanding of my client’s problems and develop a strong therapeutic relationship. I also concentrate on identifying strengths and positive aspects the client possesses as a way to instill hope. My professional areas of interest include college student development, ethnic identity development, alcohol and other drugs (AOD), and multicultural competence.
My supervision style is developmental and I incorporate multicultural aspects in my work with supervisees. I think it is important to meet the supervisee where they are at with their clinical skills and professional development.
I am originally from Southern California and have lived in the Pacific Northwest for the past 8 years. I enjoy going on walks/hikes, trying different kinds of food, and spending time with family and friends.
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