Using the best available science combined with a warm, friendly approach, Alicia provides a safe, supportive space with warmth, understanding, encouragement, and gentle challenging to facilitate your growth. She will tailor evidence-based treatment to your unique needs so you can thrive in the life you want. Together, you will explore the origins of your patterns of thinking as well as the functions that these patterns serve, gain insight into your barriers to change, identify your strengths and practice new habits in order to help you live a healthy satisfying life.
Through the therapeutic relationship, building on your natural strengths and leaning on the latest research, together we will find the healing and quality of life you deserve. Research demonstrates even those who have experienced unimaginable loss and trauma can experience post-traumatic growth - that is they can actually function better than before the trauma. I believe in the power of resilience in the human spirit because I see it every day on my work with people.
I bring a wide breadth of clinical experience to my practice including work in adoptions, child abuse, parenting training, hospice, home health care, chronic illness, in-clinic work with children, youth and families, community work, and in-home family therapy. I have also been a school social worker in elementary, middle and high schools doing individual and group work.
Over the years, I've also taught clinical social work in a variety of settings including partnering with University of Southern California, San Diego State University, California State University San Marcos and the Southern California Public Child Welfare Training Academy. I am available to provide clinical supervision for professionals.
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Depression and anxiety are some of the most common and uncomfortable emotions that we can experience at some point in our lives. Using a combination of CBT, DBT, Attachment Theory and a trauma informed framework, I am able to help you recover motivation, perspective, and joy that you once had in your life.
I have extensive experience in maternal and reproductive health issues (fertility, pregnancy, postpartum issues), the experience of parenting special needs children and adoption.
Many individuals can experience symptoms associated with painful and traumatic circumstances. Anxiety, fear, and hopelessness are a few emotions that can linger post traumatic events. I can help you overcome these symptoms and guide you through the process of grief and healing. I have extensive training in grief and loss, trauma and even post traumatic growth throughout each of the developmental and life stages.
Relationship counseling can be beneficial to couples who are looking to strengthen their emotional connection, in all stages of their relationship. Therapy is a supportive place to discuss issues and solutions to better strengthen your relationship. Alicia tends to work from a framework of Gottman's research and Emotionally Focused Therapy. Clients report a balance of hard work and fun in sessions. Whether you are in a stuck spot in your marriage or just got engaged, you will find couples work with Alicia to be rewarding worthwhile.