I love what I do. And I’ve been doing it a long time, over 20 years. If you’re seeking growth, growth will be inevitable. I enjoy the thrill of witnessing my clients recognize their potential and take charge of their lives, perhaps for the very first time. When your life improves, I am deeply moved, and thankful.
You’ll come as you are: hurt, depressed, addicted, sad, suicidal, anxious. From moment one, I will offer you unconditional acceptance. In time, you will come to accept yourself. And, because I am a practical person, your therapy will have a beginning, a middle, and an end, so you can get on with the pleasure of creating a wonderful life. I promise to be an unwavering ally along the way.
A simple process gets you there. Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is direct. It’s action-oriented and results-driven. You’ll be an active participant in your therapy process. I’ll bring out paper and pen and, together, we’ll make a list of all of your irrational “’should’, ‘must’, and ‘ought to’” thinking processes that have resulted in less-than-optimal living. We’ll bring them to light and analyze them, even dispute them, in great detail.
You’ll see what you’ve actually been doing with your ways of thinking. I’ll teach you how to transform your irrational thoughts and replace them with pure thoughts that will leave you feeling energized and in control. Then, you’ll embark upon right action and be partnered with a positive internal dialog that will get you where you want to be. You’ll discover the power of how and what you think works to create positive life experiences. All along the way, you’ll be using your new tools to manifest your best life.
I am a wife. Twice. I am a mother. Twice. I have a 28 year-old son and a 16-year-old daughter. I had originally wanted to be a journalist, but that didn’t work out.
I’m happy about that because being a therapist, assisting people towards wholeness and witnessing their spirits come back to life, is a great responsibility, a great joy, and – a great honor.
People tell me that I’m warm, genuine and loving and that they can feel that I truly care about them. I hope you’ll feel the same.
I have more than 20 years of comprehensive experience in professional counseling working with teenagers, adults, and patients with psychiatric disease. I hold three Masters Degrees, in Clinical Psychology, Human Resources Development (Clemson), and Rehabilitation Counseling (USC School of Medicine).
My journey as a psychotherapist began in the most difficult of environments, a psychiatric hospital in Brazil. There, I developed deep compassion for those patients suffering from mental illness.
Prior to that, I worked as a Corporate Trainer Coordinator and Quality Assurance manager as well. For 20 years, I have used Cognitive Behavior Therapy as the cornerstone of my practice.
The most exciting and rewarding aspect of my career, however, has come from working with teenagers and their families in the SeeMe™ Process that I created in 1994.
Seventeen years ago, in 1999, I came to the United States from my native Brazil with my husband, Bruno, who was seeking his MBA, and my pre-adolescent son, Dante. I thought then that I would be here for two years only, I had forfeited a hefty promotion back home in support of my husband.
As the old saying goes, “things never go as planned.” And that was certainly my experience. The first year was the worst as I found myself in a severe depression.I had to learn, in a foreign land, with inadequate language skills, how to be flexible and to re-shape myself to my environment.
I wish I’d had a therapist who could have related to me then. As an expat myself, I have lived through major challenges and have survived them all.
Finally accepting my chosen destiny, I became the person I am today. I am now the therapist who can relate to you.