Welcome

Thank you for visiting Roots Family Therapy with services in Atascadero and San Luis Obispo. My practice is dedicated to supporting the mental health and overall well-being of adolescents. Being an adolescent can feel amazing, while also feeling confusing and terrifying with all of the new things and changes they are experiencing during this time. The brain is developing at a rapid pace from about age 12 to age 24, changing the way adolescents think, reason, focus attention, make decisions, and interact within their social network of peers and adults. My approach begins by strengthening self-awareness and self-esteem, followed by building a “tool box” of skills to improve decision-making, cope with the emotional ups and downs of life, develop personal goals, and celebrate progress.

My practice specializes in working with adolescents and their families, through individual, family and group counseling. I have extensive experience and training in working with adolescents struggling with depression, suicidal thoughts, anxiety, substance abuse, grief/loss, gang involvement, trauma, divorce and separation, peer-relationship issues, and other behavioral concerns. I utilize evidence-based approaches, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR).

In addition to providing individual and family counseling, I facilitate group counseling for adolescents which can be a highly beneficial addition to support progress made in individual and family therapy. Groups can also be an effective alternative to traditional one-on-one talk therapy. Groups enable adolescents to form bonds with peers in a safe and structured environment; enable them to understand that their concerns are not unique to them (others can relate); and share personal feelings that they have difficulty verbalizing to adults.

I utilize specific, evidence-based curricula as guides for the group sessions. The groups are dynamic with many hands-on, experience-based opportunities for exploring feelings, thoughts, behaviors and much more. I strive to create a balance of focused reflection and learning with a fun and engaging energy. It is my goal to establish an environment that enables group members to be their most genuine selves and feel a strong sense of connection to the other participants in the group.

New groups are forming on a continuous basis in Atascadero and San Luis Obispo. I very much look forward to the opportunity to talk with you and share more about the available groups.

COMMUNITY CLASSES

To be announced soon.

RESOURCES

National Institute of Mental Health: Child and Adolescent Mental Health

Anxiety and Depression Association of America: Children and Teens

Mindful: What’s Going on Inside the Teen Brain?

National Institute of Mental Health: The Teen Brain: Still Under Construction

Child Mind Institute:  The Power of Mindfulness 

Mindful: How to Teach Your Kids About the Brain