A California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, mental health
and wellness nerd, music enthusiast, and lover of the arts.
My intention is to support my clients in cultivating awareness, self-love,
and knowing what makes them feel alive. I offer gentle and clear
guidance to living in alignment with your authentic self.
I guide my clients to get clear on what they really want, learn the
courage to move forward even when it's scary, and own who they are.
My approach is gentle, joyful, and collaborative.
I received my Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from USC.
Trained in evidence-based practices such as Cognitive Behavioral
Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and
Seeking Safety, combined with training in mindfulness, meditation,
trauma-informed care, and strength based practices, help me to
effectively guide my clients in gaining clarity.
I became interested in psychology and started my own inner work by reading self-help books as a teen. I was fascinated by reading the
stories of teachers who shared their life wisdom. After college, I felt
lost as to what direction to go in, but I knew I wanted to work with
others in a meaningful way. I felt a calling to stay at Omega Holistic
Retreat Center and explore modalities of healing that encompassed
the mind, body, and soul connection. My purpose became clear; to
help guide others on their own healing journey. My experience
includes working with children affected by domestic violence, as a residential counselor for at-risk teen girls in a group home, to
mentoring student ambassadors at Pasadena Community College,
to providing therapy for children, families, and adults in community
mental health, facilitating groups at an addiction recovery center, as
well as providing therapy for people experiencing homelessness.
I've been in my own personal therapy, as well as participated in
coaching programs, and have attended a wide-range of retreats
and workshops to become a better human and therapist.
I am also passionate about meditation and building a daily practice.
I was formally trained in learning Transcendental Meditation. I've
found meditation helps me to be more centered in who I am, to let
go of the things I can't change, and to listen to what feels aligned.
I recently attended my first Vipassana, a 10-day silent meditation
retreat, to connect with myself in a deeper way and strengthen my
practice. If you're interested in cultivating a meditation practice, I'm
happy to assist!
Education and Certifications
University of California Santa Cruz
Bachelor of Arts, Psychology
University of Southern California
Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist 137451
Board of Behavioral Sciences
Therese is certified in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal
Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Seeking Safety, and Procovery. She
also combines mindfulness, trauma-informed care, and strength based practices into her work.