An Open Letter from Vanessa
Hi, I’m so glad you’re here! I wanted to share with you a bit about myself as a therapist and my therapeutic approach. I believe in working collaboratively with my clients, and tailoring my approach to each person’s unique challenges, strengths and goals. If you decide to move forward, my hope is that our work together will help you discover an improved sense of well-being, the ability to connect more deeply with those you love, and the capacity to live more fully in the present moment.
In therapy sessions, we’ll work to solve current problems, as well as gain valuable tools to cope with life’s obstacles. Therapy can provide unique opportunities to explore and understand one's own story, and this can help us heal and grow during trying times.
I applaud you for considering getting support right now. I believe reaching out for help is a powerful act of self-love and compassion; it’s a courageous first step on the journey toward healing.
Wishing you all the best,
Clinical Approach and Professional Bio
Vanessa's approach to therapy is grounded in evidence-based practices which are proven to improve wellness and overall well-being. These include Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Solution-Focused Brief Therapy.
Since 2009, Vanessa has worked with The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, providing therapy to adults at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center and the Long BeachChild and Adolescent Program, CalWORKS. She, additionally, has worked with adolescents in the Juvenile Justice System. Vanessa graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a Bachelor of Psychology and later earned her Masters of Social Work at the University of Southern California School of Social Work.