About Me

I received my Master of Science in Clinical Psychology from Vanguard University of Southern California. I gained therapeutic experience working with children, adolescents, adults, couples and families while working at Mariposa Women & Family Center, Illumination Foundation and Providence Community Services.  

My theoretical orientation includes Play Therapy, Art Therapy, Family Systems and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I incorporate flexiblity as I may integrate other modalities that best match the needs of my clients. My approach is warm, thoughtful and non-judgmental while focusing on improving clients' emotional distress, communication, relationship building and conflict resolution. My goal is to provide a safe place where clients can explore concerns, work through challenges, feel empowered and on a journey towards well-being.  

I have received additional training in Play Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). I continue to focus on advancing my clinical skills through various seminars and trainings. 

Prior to completing my M.S., I served two years in Cabo Verde, West Africa as a Peace Corps Volunteer where I worked with children, adolescents and families in educational & community development.  I enjoy working with diverse groups and incorporate cultural and linguistic interventions.  

I am able to provide counseling services in Spanish and Portuguese-Creole.

Special Training & Ongoing Learning 

  • Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Certificate of Proficiency (TF-CBT)
  • 4 Day Externship in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT English) - Rebecca Jorgensen, PhD & Scott R. Woolley, PhD - Las Vegas, NV
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy for Individuals: Creating Security Within & Between - Yolanda von Hockauf
  • 4 Day Externship in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (T.F.E. Spanish) - Samuel Jinich, PhD - Berkeley, CA
  • Developmental Screening using the Ages & Stages Questionnaire-3 (ASQ-3) - Help Me Grow Orange County
  • Developmental Screening using the Ages & Stages Social Emotional Questionnaire (ASQ:SE) -Help Me Grow Orange County
  • Parent's Evaluation of Developmental Status (PEDS) - Help Me Grow Orange County 
  • 40 Hrs. Domestic Violence Training Certificate - Human Options Orange County 
  • Bereavement (Grief & Loss) Certification (In Progress)
  • Play Therapy Certificate - University of California San Diego (In Progress)
  • CPR (Infant, Child & Adult) & First Aid (Exp. 2/2018) 

Professional Associations

  • Association for Play Therapy (APT)
  • California Association for Play Therapy (CalAPT)
  • California Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (CAMFT)
  • Orange County California Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (OCCAMFT)

 

Employed and Supervised by Colleen Kelly, M.S., LMFT MFC49827

 

You may verify my license here. 

  • “Nothing is hopeless, we must hope for everything.” – Euripides, Greek scholar and playwright
  • "There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you." - Maya Angelou
  • "To lend each other a hand when we are falling, perhaps that is the only work that matters in the end." - Saint Brendan of Clonfert
  • "Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." - Christopher Robin to Pooh
  • “Courage doesn’t happen when you have all the answers. It happens when you are ready to face the questions you have been avoiding your whole life.” - Shannon L. Alder