Welcome to “Living in Balance," a private counseling practice that specializes in providing integrative, holistic psychotherapy to individuals, couples and families from diverse social and cultural backgrounds.
I am skilled in treating a wide range of mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, trauma, substance abuse, grief, career/life transitions and many more. I draw upon a variety of therapeutic modalities and provide a combination of support, best practices and practical feedback to help clients resolve current problems.
Your new life can start right now! Call today for a free 20-minute telephone consultation.
Late evenings and Saturday appointment are available.
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a private practice in downtown Sacramento. I have been a therapist for 11 years and specialize in holistic psychotherapy, which treats the whole person—mind, body, soul.
I have experience working with individuals, couples and families of all ages and cultures. I work well with individuals, couples and adolescents ages (14-17). I also have success working with women of color on discrimination, assimilation, and complex trauma issues resulting from childhood abuse. Prior to private practice, I was a Parole Agent and Parole Unit Supervisor with the California Department of Corrections for 23 years. From that side of the fence, I saw firsthand how a person’s life can take drastic twists and turns when their mental health or substance abuse issues were not properly attended to. The results were often devastating. But the strength and resilience I witnessed in my clients encouraged me to walk away from law enforcement to pursue a career as a mental health professional.
In 2008, I graduated from the University of San Francisco with a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology, emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. I gained clinical experience in a variety of settings, including Community Based and Non-Profit Organizations, juvenile detention facilities, medical clinics, residential and outpatient drug treatment facilities, government agencies and locked psychiatric milieus. In these settings, I treated people dealing with a number of concerns, including, but not limited to Bipolar Disorder, psychosis, PTSD, personality disorders, incarceration, financial problems, eating disorders, relationship conflicts and many more.
My clinical experience also includes facilitating Domestic Violence, Life Skills, Substance Abuse and Anger Management groups for self-referred and court-ordered adults and providing advocacy and case management services for Veterans and older adults. I have performed mediation services for parents dealing with child custody issues and advocacy services for children and adults with developmental disabilities around housing and fair access to social services.
HOW I WORK
I enjoy being creative, as I do not believe in a “cookie cutter” approach to treatment. Each client is unique and by integrating different modalities and techniques into treatment, together, we are able to customize a treatment plan that fits their personality, meets their goals and specifically targets the issues that brought them to therapy.
I believe that being a therapist is my “calling” and I thoroughly enjoy helping my clients find paths that lead to growth and healing that they never knew existed.
I treat a wide range of emotional and behavioral conditions in a warm and supportive atmosphere. I am practical in my approach and I integrate various theoretical modalities into my work with clients. I take pride in tailoring my approach to each client's individual strengths and needs to help them achieve the personal growth and change they desire.
Areas of specialization include:
Abuse or Trauma
Coping Skills/Decision Making
Chronic Health Conditions
Blended Family issues
Work and Career issues
Grief and Loss
Life transitions (Retirement/Divorce/Marriage)
Eating Disorders/Body Image
Individual therapy is designed to help reconnect you with the most important person in your life...YOU! This is a space for you to explore your identity, confront life's challenges, resolve inner conflict and reconnect with your authentic self.
Group therapy is often designed to target a specific problem, such as obesity or depression and can be an ideal choice for people who want to make positive changes in life. This form of therapy allows people to receive support and encouragement from other group members, which can be helpful when feeling isolated or alone. Regularly talking and listening to others also helps members put their problems in perspective and gives them the opportunity to see that others are experiencing similar situations.
Family therapy is often used to treat a wide range of conditions, including marital problems, in-law issues, parent-child conflict, problems between siblings or the effects of illness on the family. Family therapy is based on the belief that the family is a unique social system with its own structure and patterns of communication. Family therapy is generally a very active type of therapy, and family members are often given assignments to complete outside of sessions.
Are you a social worker, a psychotherapist, a doctor, nurse, life coach, educator or minister? Are you finding it difficult to care for yourself when your profession places such high demands on you to care for others? Are you feeling burned out in your work? Self-care & support is essential for you to be effective in your work with others! In our work together, I will help you understand the impact of secondary trauma and compassion fatigue, explore where you are getting “stuck” and help you to create a self-care plan that comfortably fits into your life and your schedule. You can create balance and return to feeling passionate and excited by your work!
Relationship counseling, aka couples counseling, helps couples of all types recognize and resolve conflicts and improve their relationships. Sessions are used to explore problems existing in the relationship, and teaches couples how to communicate more effectively, and how to listen more intently.
Clinical supervision and consultation services are available for graduate students and pre-licensed clinicians who are working towards licensure. I employ a developmental model for clinical supervision, and incorporate core professional ethics and values into sessions. Trauma informed approaches are also incorporated to enhance the professional growth and clinical skills of supervisees.
Fees, Payments & Insurance
Individual Session = $110
Couples Session = $135
Family Session = $150
per 50 minute session.
Initial assessment = $160
90 minute session
Cash, checks, and most major credit cards are accepted as payment for services.
Payment is due at time of service
Insurance is currently not accepted.
However, if you would like to utilize your insurance plan, I can provide you with documentation to submit to your insurance company for “out of network” reimbursement.
Please contact your insurance company first to find out exactly what your out of network benefits are and how much they cover and/or are willing to reimburse for services.
A 24 hour advance notice of cancellation is required. If advance notification is not provided, you will be required to pay the full cost of the session. Refer to cancellation policy for more details.