Exceeding Expectations One Patient at a Time
Ever since I was young, I knew I wanted to get into a career path that would make a difference in people’s lives. This interest led me to study psychological science and eventually a full time job. This wasn't necessarily an easy profession to get into though, for me.
I grew up in the midwest and after the passing of my father, I found the only way for me to afford a college education was to enlist in the military. On Pearl Harbor day in 1993, I entered Navy Boot Camp. I devoted eight years to the US Navy before making the tough decision to transition back into civilian life. The Navy had offered me a wonderful career in intelligence and I had visited a majority of the world. I was fortunate to step foot on every continent with the exception of Antarctica.
In 2003, I became a sworn Police Officer in the Sate of California. I worked diligently and took on many different facets of law enforcement. One of those facets was becoming a School Resource Officer (SRO). The position required me to be a liaison for my department to school administrators, teachers, staff, and most importantly to students, their parents, and their families. It was through these connections, I learned I had skills in communicating with people and to offer solutions that helped kids and their families. I felt like this was a calling of mine and decided; I needs to obtain an education.
I graduated with my Bachelor's in Science from BIOLA University in 2007 and later graduated with my Master's in Science in Counseling Psychology from California Baptist University in 2010. These experiences allowed me to be more relevant in the community and lead me through unique opportunities. In law enforcement I was able to become a mental health advocate, an FBI trained Crisis Negotiator on a regional SWAT team. I also assisted in training several departments in mental health. From eh Psychology and academic side of me, I was able to encourage relations with the law enforcement and court communities.
I still advocate between all of these different disciplines and am humble enough to still learn from them. I believe the greatest teachers are always the best observers and students. These various disciplines have allowed me to become a guest lecturer, trainer, and advocate. Gaining in trust, expertise, and in compassion I have been afforded the opportunity to serve Veterans and military families. I feel truly blessed through all the hard work, the people I have worked with, the people I have learned with, and the people I have taught. I am truly grateful that life through these experiences has taught me dedication, balance, compassion, professionalism, openness and humbleness.
I truly care for all of my clients, and work diligently to help find with them the answers they seek. Through my experiences, training, academics, and life lessons; I believe I can help others in situations few would be able to understand. As a mindful practitioner, I believe you have value and can offer me the opportunity to learn as well. I truly take the time to learn about each of my patients and personalize treatment utilizing traditional and newer therapies to create the change you desire. Call me to find out how different life can be.