"Therapy Does Not Have To Take A Long Time"


As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in  Riverside and Moreno Valley, I have dedicated my professional practice  to high quality standards in counseling.    I think it takes courage and  guts to begin the counseling process as many people would rather be  doing other things in their life.  As a professional  Counselor/Therapist, I support each client by providing a safe  environment to express themselves.  When appropriate, I will ask  poignant questions to assist clients to decrease their time spent in  therapy.   Like any professional (teachers, police officers, mechanics,  etc), there are excellent professionals and lackluster professionals and  I have dedicated my professional practice to high quality standards in  counseling.

Individual Therapy  - $150 per 50 minute session 

Therapy does not have to take a long time.  Sometimes it can be really tough to  admit that things are going in the "wrong direction".  A lot of times,  our experiences have been affected by unresolved past issues, broken  promises, loss of loved ones, old habits, and/or irrational thoughts.   By participating in professional therapy, a person can gently identify  the areas in life that need to be changed and be assisted to bring in  effective coping skills and to make the changes needed to change the  direction or experiences in one's life.  If you have noticed recent changes in any of these conditions for over a two week time frame:  

  • Mood (increased anxiety, depression, or irritability)
  • Appetite (too little or too much)
  • Sleep (too little or too much)
  • Thoughts (Intruding, racing, or excessive negative thoughts, or loss of interest)
  • Ambitions (Scattered, diminished, or absent)
  • Relationship Problems


Many situations can cause these symptoms to occur  

  • Grief and Loss
  • PTSD, Depression, Anxiety
  • Experiencing something traumatic and/or overwhelming (abuse, crime, combat, chronic stress, etc.)
  • Relationship changes or break up
  • Biological or physical changes


I have counseled many adults and adolescents nearly every business day for over 17 years, most with success with their agreed-upon treatment  goals.   I also do not pack my caseload with too many clients, and that allows me to be available to see clients on a weekly basis or as needed.


EMDR - Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing For  people who have experienced Post traumatic Stress or anxiety-related  symptoms, we have a Clinical EMDR Provider since 2005, and have  witnessed symptom-reducing and long-lasting results from clients who  finished the EMDR therapy.  Please contact this office for further  information.  


Couples and Family Therapy - $150 per session
As a Marriage & Family Therapist, most of us are strong advocates to keep  marriage intact and to dissect the ongoing problems that, quite often,  systemically, and methodically destroy relationships (i.e. Ultimatums,  behaviors learned from the past relationships and/or generations,  communicating passively, aggressively or passive/aggressively).  During  couples counseling, I assist couples with identifying their goals in  therapy, identify their needs, their hurts, and propose the means to  solve the issues at hand.  In Marriage counseling, I will assist the couple to becoming open to  change and to guide the couple to seeing how change can occur in a  small amount of time.   As individuals in marriage, some people  have not had their needs met and have learned some unhealthy,  ineffective, self-sabotaging, or abusive coping skills.  Also, if one's  needs (Financial, Communication, Sexual, Physical, Emotional, etc.) are  not met in marriage, a partner can likely build resentment and stray  elsewhere to get their needs met and this is especially confronted and  worked on in Couple's Therapy.  Resentment in time, corrodes  relationships.  Gossip  undermines and corrupts the relationships.  These ineffective  coping skills can be changed and do not have to be a death sentence to  the marriage.   


Sometimes, a metaphorical "tune-up" is needed in  therapy and sometimes an "overhaul" is needed.   People with successful  marriages involve kindness, love, respect, a sense of belonging,  being cherished, being heard, understood, and acknowledged.  We can  damage our marriage with our communication skills and old "crusty"  habits.  Couple's therapy can be brief (3-8 sessions), but may need  more sessions depending on the issues in the relationship.  


As  Psychotherapists, most of us value marriage and we do everything possible to  find what does and does not work (i.e  communication, unresolved  business, past hurt, mistreatment, broken promises, etc.) to assist in  the healing.  How many divorced people do you know that still have  considerable "baggage"?  Whether an individual chooses to divorce or  not, that individual will still have the pain from the marriage and  actively participating during couple's therapy will often decrease the  pain.   


If you would like to make a counseling appointment or have questions about therapy, please call #951-225-4998 

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