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• Adults & Seniors Experiencing Anxiety or Challenges with Life Transitions
• Couple Communication & Trust Issues
• Parenting & Co-Parenting
THERAPY SERVICES OFFERED
For adults ages 24/+
Available during any stage of your relationship to help you and your partner meet your relationship needs
Focused on relationships where the individuals desire to come together in working toward a common goal (e.g., co-parenting)
My passion for creating more opportunities for people to find their best therapy-fit with ease of access to therapy, while creating a superior training experience for therapists, led me to collaborate with Dr. Shawntres Parks, PhD, LMFT in founding Parks & Powers Psychotherapy.
I am excited to help you increase your understanding of what has brought you to therapy. We’ll work together to build the specific skills needed to reach your goals so you can move forward more successfully.
Throughout my career, I have worked with individuals, couples, families, and groups and with clients from age 4 to 77. I have extensive experience in working with client concerns such as:
• child abuse
• domestic violence
• eating disorders
• empowerment and self-esteem issues
• substance use
• military veteran issues
Much of my individual therapy is with those who seek personal growth or who are healing from:
I typically provide couple therapy for couples (and ex-couples) who are seeking support for:
• pre-cohabitation/pre-marital concerns
• healing from infidelity
• a healthier separation/divorce process
• better co-parenting after a separation/divorce
My family therapy work has often been focused on:
• blended/“step” families coming together
• families experiencing parenting challenges with their minor and/or adult children
• facilitating the reunification process between children and their previously estranged parent(s).
I’ve worked as a therapist in multiple community mental health and school settings since 2009 and have been in private practice since 2012. I began my therapy career as a practicum student at Santa Anita Family Service in Monrovia, CA in 2009 and promoted through the ranks to Director of Clinical Services and Training for the last few years there before leaving in 2018. I also worked with Project Sister Family Services in Pomona, CA from 2014 to 2015 as a Clinical Supervisor. Since 2018, I’ve been a Clinical Supervisor at South Coast Community Services in Upland, CA.
Purpose of Therapy
Why therapy when you have a good friend or trusted family member to talk to?
Maybe therapy isn’t your first, or only, choice. But, what do you do when your concerns:
• are related to the person(s) you might normally go to for support?
• go beyond their ability to help?
• are not something you want to talk to them about?
Therapy can be a great choice to find the support you desire to work through whatever issues are concerning you.
Therapy aims to help you realize that you are not alone, you’re not the only person who’s ever experienced your concern, you’re not undeserving of help or beyond help, how you feel isn’t wrong, and you do have the power to heal and change.
How I Can Help
“Wait… you want me to open my deepest, darkest self to a STRANGER?!?”
If you’ve never been in therapy, or you’ve had a bad experience, the idea of starting therapy can seem very scary.
The most important part of therapy is to find a therapist who fits you. That’s why I offer a FREE consultation so that you can ask some basic questions before scheduling an intake session. This is not a therapy session and we don’t work on changing anything during this time. It’s an opportunity for you to get a sense of how I communicate and ask questions. I’ll also use this time to determine if I believe I’m a good fit for you and your therapy goals.
The foundation of therapy is the relationship built between us. This relationship allows for a supportive, safe place for you to be able to challenge yourself to heal and change. Clients often speak of their change being related to having someone they can talk to who is not invested in the outcome of any problem other than their best interest.
My Approach to Helping
We all experience the challenges of life in different ways but are able to heal in similar ways. You bring your own strengths (no matter how long unused or forgotten) to our work together. We’ll work together to identify these strengths, add new ones, and minimize (or eliminate) the patterns that keep you stuck.
My Role as Your Therapist
At the same time, or at different times, I may be:
• a sounding board for your thoughts and feelings
• a container to hold your pain when you cannot
• an educator in what is normal about your thoughts and feelings
• an educator in what is allowed, or expected, behavior in some area of life
• a coach for skill-building
• a model for communication and boundaries
• a reality-checker of your thoughts and behavior
• a cheerleader of your accomplishments
I am always a student of your experiences.
My Therapy Approach
I practice as an eclectic therapist. I incorporate a variety of psychological theory and therapy models in my work. The models I choose depend on what I believe will best help you meet your therapy goals. And I’ll check in with you frequently to see if they’re working for you!
I typically start with cognitive-behavioral therapy which has a short-term focus on symptom relief. I’ll often move to psychodynamic therapy for a longer term focus on how your past is impacting your present. As specific concerns present, I use many that fall between these two models such as:
• Bowen Multigenerational therapy
• Dialectical Behavior therapy
• Emotionally-Focused Couples therapy
• Gestalt therapy
• Narrative therapy
• Solution-Focused therapy
• Strategic therapy
• Structural therapy
Frequency of Therapy
We will generally meet once weekly for the first 4-6 sessions. We’ll first establish our relationship and work to alleviate some of the most pressing issues you’re experiencing.
Couple, Conjoint, or Family Therapy
We will generally continue to meet every 1 to 2 weeks for the bulk of your therapy. As you accomplish your goals in treatment, sessions may be once every 3 to 4 weeks until we end therapy. This eventual spacing out of sessions is designed for you to have opportunities to practice your skills learned in therapy.
We will generally continue to meet weekly. As you accomplish your goals in treatment, sessions may be once every 2 to 4 weeks until we end therapy. This titration is designed for you to have opportunities to practice your skills outside of therapy.
Duration of Therapy
Ideally, therapy ends when you’ve met your therapy goals that we set in the beginning. However, you may choose to end therapy at any time and for any reason.
Having attended any length of therapy, I welcome you to return for sessions as you need or desire. Sometimes we need a session as a:
• “Help me get me unstuck because I’m feeling overwhelmed.”
A Bit More…
I love to learn and teach. To me, that is what being a therapist is about.
As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, I specialize in assisting you as you work through relational issues. I am able to assist you with a multitude of concerns as everything we experience impacts our relationships.
My job is to “talk myself out of a job!” I’ll introduce you to different ways of being, all in alignment with your values. Most importantly, I come to learn of your experiences, feelings, and thoughts. My goal is to truly be in partnership with you along the way.
Providing psychotherapy, clinical supervision, and clinical training in both community and specialty community mental health agency settings, as well as schools and private practice, has afforded me the opportunity over the years to work with a wide variety of clients and their clinical concerns.
I will work in close collaboration with other professionals who are involved in your case, such as:
• social workers
• primary care physicians
• probation officers
I look forward to answering any questions you may have!
Life is about relationships… Make yours GROW!
There is nothing more rewarding to me than those moments when you come to believe that you really do have what it takes to change!
Maybe it’s an aspect of yourself, your relationship, career, or other part of life. Or maybe it’s just that you now know how to get “unstuck” and move forward.
I continue to be amazed by how strong you are (even when you don’t see it). I rejoice in the times when I can remind you of your strength. It is exciting to be a partner in planting the seeds for healing and positive change. I don’t always get to see the bloom as you move forward outside of therapy. But, you’ll build on the strength and skills you brought to treatment. And, you’ll combine those with the skills and knowledge you take from it.
• Master of Science, Psychology (emphasis on Marriage & Family Therapy)
• Bachelor of Arts, Behavioral Sciences
• Associate of Arts, Social & Behavioral Sciences