PCCI # 2409

Professional Clinical Counselor Registered Intern

My Areas of Expertise: Living in the central valley and working as a school counselor has given me the opportunity to work and engage with people and students from various cultural and ethnic backgrounds.  I am bilingual, bi-cultural,  and come from a community that is very diversify and with a great understanding that each case, each client, or each student is unique and will benefit from a theoretical approach and technique tailored to their specific needs.   I understand that clients’ needs can be met using one counseling theory or various advising techniques that share common concepts or orientations.  I do not object to utilizing a theory or incorporating techniques and skills that would be more beneficial to the students or clients that I may be working with. I believe that a commons factors approach to counseling is a great strategy to utilize because it finds the commonality between the different systems and utilizes them.  This strategy includes factors like, empathy, warmth, support and a therapeutic alliance.  I also believe that some cases can be best served by using the best form of therapeutic technique that fits the client’s needs (i.e., Solution-Focus Brief Counseling, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or Narrative Therapy).  I have skills and knowledge in: Multicultural issues, Group guidance and counseling, Ethical and legal issues, Human development, College Counseling/ Academic advising and Career educational and vocational development. 
Education: M.A. in Education, Counselor Education Concentration: Professional Clinical Counselor (PCC) from CSU, Stanislaus.  B.S. in Psychology from CSU, Stanislaus.
Languages: English and Spanish
Supervised by: Carisa Shewood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768

Life Practice Counseling Group, Inc.
A non-profit counseling agency offering fees on a sliding scale.
Days, Evenings, and Weekends
Phone Numbers: Sacramento (916) 300-6576 /  Stockton (209) 915-4212


Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

Stockton Counseling Office

5651 N. Pershing Ave. C-6, Stockton, CA 95207

Close to I-5 in between March Ln. and Ben Holt


(209) 915-4212


Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

               “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. 
                             Live the life you have imagined”.
                                                                  –Henry David Thoreau

My Areas of Expertise: My areas of interest include working with adults, couples, and families. I have extensive history working with culturally diverse populations, severe mental illness, crisis intervention services, assessments, and evaluations. My theoretical orientation and experience have led me to use a cognitive behavioral approach. However, I am able to adjust my approach and technique to what best fits my client’s needs. I am also CPR-first aid certified by American Red Cross.
Education: I am currently enrolled at National University. I am working on my Masters in Counseling Psychology with a focus on Marriage and Family Therapy.  B.A. in Psychology from California State University, East Bay.
Languages: English
Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768


Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

"It is important that people are able to create a brighter future for today and tomorrow."

                                                                       -Robert Dukes

My Areas of Expertise: I feel that a person’s life experiences affect who they are. Many experience loss, grief, or trauma of some sort. Though personal growth is continuous, sometimes therapy is necessary in order to navigate through difficult times. Therapy provides a safe environment where a person’s voice can be heard without judgment and trust can be built.  These elements are important as the client and I explore possible solutions. We all have the right to be healthy and happy. I would like to provide individual, couples and families with strategies and guidance to be healthy and happy, and to live their lives to the fullest.  I am passionate about helping individuals create a brighter future for today and tomorrow. My therapeutic process that I work with individuals is collaborative and encouraging. My comprehensive training as a Marriage Family Therapist (MFT) trainee has provided me the experience and skills to work with individuals, children, teens, couples and families who are struggling with anger management, substance abuse, anxiety, depression, sexual orientation issues, domestic or sexual abuse, PTSD, addiction, Co-parenting, transitional families, parenting, at-risk youths, and LGBTQ issues.  My therapeutic approach is geared toward the needs of each individual; my theoretical approaches are Psychodynamic, Cognitive-Behavior Therapy and Structural Family, Family Systems and Humanistic, Attachment-Theory, Solution-Focused Therapy and more.
Education: Currently enrolled in M.S. in Counseling/Marriage and Family Therapist (MSC/MFT) program at the University of Phoenix.    B.S. in Human Services from the University of Phoenix.  Specialized Training for counseling in the following areas, Cognitive-Behavior Therapy interventions: Counterpoint Behavior Management, Anger Interruption Training (A.I.T.), Substance Abuse, Social Thinking Skills as well as Residential Sexual Behavior Therapy modalities.
Languages: English
Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768

Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee


Marriage and Family Therapist Trainee

"Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, pentrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope."

                                                                      - Maya Angelou

My Areas of Expertise: I believe in helping families, marriages and individuals reach their maximum potential. My hope is to develop and provide clients with the tools and skills needed to create good, positive and healthy relationships while enhancing communication and socialization skills in a safe, caring and respectful atmosphere. My goal is to build and establish a working relationship that promotes trust, confidentiality, peace and positive communication.
I currently have over fifteen years of work experience in both the Child Development and Intellectual Disability Education. I have work with children, adolescents and adults with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Seizures, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and other learning disabilities. I am confident in my knowledge and skills of work with anger management, alcohol abuse, sexual abuse, domestic violence, stress, anxiety, depression, at risk teens and some familiarity in grief and sex therapy.
My therapeutic attitude is to meet the individual need of the whole person while using techniques that will best improve their ability to cope with life concerns. I most often will use the theoretical method of Reality and Solution Focus Therapy however; I have applied Narrative, Family Systems, Structural and Cognitive Behavioral Therapies during therapy sessions. I also like to implement role-play, the empty chair technique and other visual or hands on strategies that are appropriate to the client and therapy.
Education: Currently enrolled in a Marriage, Family and Child Therapy Master's Program with University of Phoenix at the Salida, CA. campus; received a B.A. in Early Childhood Education from Humphreys College Stockton, CA.
Languages: English and American Sign Language
Supervised by: Carisa Sherwood, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT#48768

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