For years I have witnessed how internal psycho-biological
processes and external socio-political conditions work in
combination to shape the human experience. However,
traditional approaches to psychotherapy have seemed
unwilling to carefully examine the psychological effects of socio-political denigration, discrimination, marginalization, objectification, oppression, subjugation, disenfranchisement and social injustice.
Recognizing how personal experiences of denigration shaped my own childhood, and ultimately shaped my self-concept, much of my adult life has been a lived exploration on how the mind limits itself, compensates for and ultimately overcomes a deficient internalized “single-story.” These lived experiences in combination with my family’s historical experiences have formed my multi-layered interests in social-justice, psychological health, and societal well-being.
Because my work with clients has consistently revealed the underlying connection between socio-political conditions and personal discord, I eventually began infusing principles of social-justice with traditional forms of psychotherapy. Ultimately, this resulted in Restorative Engagement Therapy, a holistic approach to therapy which is designed to engage both cognitive (rational) and affective (emotional) structures of the mind – restoring the soul’s capacity for self-affirming perception and interoception (internal emotional sensations).
Along with the therapeutic services I offer through my private practice in Pasadena, my professional experiences in the mental health field have included years of providing therapeutic and counseling services at a community counseling center in Mid-City Los Angeles and working at a treatment center in West Los Angeles. My other professional experiences include working within organizations to foster more empowered employees, improved morale, values-based business approaches and talent-driven business development.
Master of Arts, Clinical Psychology
– Antioch University, Los Angeles
Bachelor of Sciences, Biological Sciences
– California State University, Fullerton