I am a trauma-informed Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, AMFT #134884. I see clients for in-person and teletherapy sessions at Darla Gale Counseling in Loomis, California. I am under the direct supervision of Darla Gale, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT #92413.
I believe everyone is doing their best with where they’re at in life. Sometimes life can get scary, stressful, and overwhelming. It helps to know you don’t have to go through hardships alone and that these feelings don’t have to last forever. I desire to create a safe, warm, and inclusive space where you are seen and known. I would be honored to hear your story and meet you with authenticity, acceptance, and support. My hope is that through therapy, you can come home to yourself, live more fully alive, and experience deep and transformational healing in your life.
I primarily work with individual adults, teenagers, and couples. I am passionate about working with people who are healing from trauma, PTSD, and sexual abuse. I also help clients navigate codependency, perfectionism, people-pleasing, anxiety, depression, sexual concerns, eating disorders, dissociative disorders, life transitions, grief, infidelity, and unhealthy relationship dynamics. Furthermore, I help highly sensitive and empathic people struggling with overstimulation, burnout, and compassion fatigue. I am an LGBTQIA+ affirming therapist and enjoy working with this population.
I believe your story is important and worth telling. When it comes to therapy, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach. Your unique life experiences, identity, and history are worth exploring. I’ve studied many theories before landing on Narrative Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Imago Relationship Therapy, and Parts Work Therapy as the primary approaches I utilize with clients. I am a Certified Brainspotting Practitioner (Phase 1, Phase 2, and Expansion). I am passionate about using this body-based modality to help my clients heal from trauma and regulate their nervous systems. As we discuss your situation, we’ll tailor these methods to find an approach that works best for you and create an individualized treatment plan just for you.
I am a big fan of therapy and have benefited in so many ways from the incredible therapists who have been a part of my journey. The healing journey from trauma is full of much unlearning and relearning. This process can be hard, but it is often full of endless possibilities for growth and newfound depths of knowing self. With that being said, I understand how scary it can be to take that first step and begin to prioritize your mental health. Please know that I take a client-centered and collaborative approach to therapy and will move at a pace and in a direction that feels right to you. I hope that with time, you can experience transformational healing in your life, come home to yourself, and live more fully alive.
I will show up as my authentic self to our therapy sessions and desire to cultivate a safe and accepting space where you are seen and heard. I will sit with you in the most painful and lowest moments of life and celebrate with you in the most exciting and highest moments of life. Sometimes you might come into our sessions looking for a solution, and other times you might show up needing a safe place to land. No matter what you are going through, I will be here for you.
QWhat can I expect in our first session?
Our first session is an opportunity for you to share what brings you into therapy and see how I can best support you moving forward. I’ll gather information about your family/relationship history, the history of the problems and concerns you are struggling with, asses what your goals for treatment are, and offer you some immediate symptom-relief techniques.
The first session also serves as an opportunity for us to get to know each other. It’s a chance for you to see if I’m what you’re looking for in a therapist and if you believe we would work well together. It is also an opportunity for me to assess if I have the competence and training to help you meet your desired treatment goals.
It is really important to me that you find the right fit, and I understand that not everyone “clicks” with everyone. If, after our first session, you don’t feel like I’m a good fit for you, that is okay. You are under no obligation to continue seeing me for sessions. Please let me know if you’d like to try a different therapist at the end of our first session, and I will be happy to reach out to other trusted therapists in the area to help you find the perfect fit.
QHow long does it take for therapy to work?
It’s not uncommon for people to come into therapy looking for immediate relief. Please know that I sincerely want you to get healing in whatever you are going through. I understand how debilitating and overwhelming you may feel at the onset of starting therapy. Unfortunately, I cannot offer a quick fix to complex issues that have been developing and compounding for quite some time. Just as our problems so often increase and worsen over time, healing from them will also take time.
I intend to provide services that will assist you in reaching your therapy goals. Based on the information you provide me and the specifics of your situation, I will provide recommendations regarding your treatment. Whether or not therapy is successful depends on many factors, including your specific goals, how much you would like to accomplish in our sessions together, your willingness to actively participate in therapy, your commitment to change, and the therapeutic relationship you and I are able to develop.
Early signs that therapy is helping may include the following:
1. Your relationship with yourself and others is improving.
2. You feel more present and stable in your everyday life.
3. When you get triggered, you can emotionally regulate.
4. You have more energy.
5. You can set healthy boundaries and respect the boundaries of others.
6. You’re less reactive and more responsive.
7. Knowing they will eventually pass, you can identify and work through uncomfortable feelings.
8. You notice an increase in your self-worth, self-esteem, and self-acceptance.
9. You utilize honest, respectful, and direct communication skills when having challenging conversations.
10. You experience better overall functioning in various aspects of your life.
QHow do you help your clients heal from trauma?
1. I help them work through trauma in a safe and organized way.
2. I help them successfully address, navigate, and work through post-traumatic symptoms.
3. I help them increase and enhance their self-awareness and self-esteem.
4. I help them increase their ability to emotionally regulate and increase their distress tolerance.
5. I help them build more positive social relationships with safe people in their life.
6. I help them lower levels of general distress and increase overall functioning in various aspects of their life.
7. I help them experience greater emotional stability, inner peace, and self-confidence.
8. I help them discover what trauma response they lean towards and identify how this response is playing a role in the maintenance of their symptoms.
9. I help them develop an individualized self-care practice.
10. I help them regulate their nervous system so they can come home to themself and live more fully alive in the present.