Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia (CBT-i), Cognitive processing therapy (CPT), Exposure and response prevention therapy (ERP or EXRP), Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), Motivational interviewing (MI), Prolonged exposure (PE), Psychodynamic, Solution-focused, Gottman method couples therapy
I use acceptance-based approaches when leaving thoughts alone and moving towards valued living is most appropriate. At other times, I use CBT approaches to facilitate skill development and to challenge thoughts. Both approaches are geared towards discovering behavioral patterns and then changing them to increase meaningfulness in your life.
AA - Psychology, Cerritos College
BS - Psychology, California State University, San Bernardino
MS - Clinical Counseling, California State University, San Bernardino
Internship, Behavioral Health, Riverside University Health Systems
Playing the drums and some guitar, gardening, exercising, reading nonfiction, playing with my dog, spending time with my wife and my family and friends, listening to podcasts.
Spending time alone, early in the morning, disconnected from all electronics and reconnected to my own internal thoughts.
Stumbling on Happiness by psychologist Daniel Gilbert, because it eloquently describes the psychological errors we make when attempting to predict, anticipate or produce or own happiness--and the errors are persistent, insidious and yet changeable.
I like to play music, the drums and some guitar, to unplug from everything else and tune in to something novel or adventures, like gardening, exercising or hiking. Anything that removes me from the modern world, even if it is just for a second.
I am hopeful that someday we can becomes more effective as treating and eradicating addiction. A large task, I know, but it is something that I believe we must strive for, because if we don't, addiction and with it, lost potential, will continue to accelerate.
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