feel so privileged that you’ve allowed me to step into your life. I understand how difficult it is to be open with a stranger, and my number one goal is to create a space that allows for the natural and comfortable unfolding of your experience. I know that the process of therapy can be challenging and I’m here to provide you with the tools necessary so that you can meet challenges with strength, courage, and a plan.
As a therapist and a child of first-generation immigrants, I’ve been exposed to the various challenges of acclimating to new environments and finding myself in the transitions of life, like a move, a career change, or a physical challenge. I understand the impact of endings, like divorce or a death, and the power of beginnings, like a new relationship, job, or a birth of a child. These transitions are part of life and require us to reflect on our identity and reconfigure the dynamics of our life to meet your current needs.
The wound is the place where the Light enters you.– Rumi
I am grateful to have completed my education at a nationally accredited Marriage and Family Therapy program and my clinical training at the NESS Counseling Center, which gave me an opportunity to work with diverse clients from all walks of life, and where I was exposed to the various trials of the human experience. Prior to my clinical training, I worked with children and families for over ten years, gaining insight into the functionality and dynamics of family units. I’m currently obtaining specialized training through a UCLA fellowship in couples and sex therapy through AACAST (The Association of Couples and Sex Therapists).
I get how scary this can be, but I’m here to help.– Ana
Relationship & Dating Coaching with a Therapeutic Approach
I have worked with one of the nation’s leading dating coach and expert matchmaker, where I learned how to help individuals gain confidence and improve their success in dating, relationships, and attracting the right partner. I combine this knowledge with a therapeutic approach to help you make smarter choices as we explore past issues that may be holding you back or subconsciously repeating the same types of choices that’s kept you from finding the right love.
Counseling for Creatives
I am a musician, a songwriter, and a performer, and I’ve applied various therapeutic techniques to my own life in order to tackle performance anxiety, overcoming the strong inner-critic within me, and freeing myself from other people’s opinions. With that experience, I have a unique rapport with artists, performers, and other creative individuals, and I understand the struggles associated with following your passion such as coping with creative blocks, rejection and deadlines associated with the industry.
I believe that deep, lasting change occurs when the underlying root of distress is identified and worked through. I incorporate elements of cognitive behavioral therapy to identify unhelpful thought processes and provide practical tools in overcoming them, and I rely heavily on psychodynamic principals to explore your history, and to understand how it’s affecting the current challenges you face.
I’m here to support you in achieving change, and reaching your goals and dreams.