MY CORE BELIEFS: There are two major concepts that shape the way I work with the individuals I serve. The first is that there is nothing wrong with you. While at the same time, you have the desire to continue growing. As your therapist, I will guide you through accepting this contradictory truth as it is where the healing occurs. The second concept is that we are whole beings. While we may think that relationship and communication issues only exist in one part of our lives, it is safe to bet that it also exists in other parts. Through the therapy process, I will help you recognize the themes and patterns in how you relate to others. We then will work to shift the patterns so that you are your happiest, most successful self.
WHO ARE MY CLIENTS? I work with a wide range of emotional and behavioral concerns providing services that span from therapy for depression and stress management to parenting support, couples counseling and beyond. In a comfortable and supportive atmosphere, I offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each of my clients individual needs to help attain the personal growth they’re striving for.
My clients often present with concerns pertaining to:
- Living a life they did not envision for themselves
- Wanting a new way to exist within their relationships
- Feeling unheard and/or underestimated
- Constantly beating themselves up
- Feeling as if they are not a "good enough" ______________ within their family, interpersonal, and professional relationships
- Experiencing a dip in their mood which has led to isolation and not having the drive to do the things they once had before
- Difficulties with letting go of unwanted and unhelpful thoughts about themselves and others
WHY I WORK IN THIS FIELD Before I even knew what a Social Worker was, I’ve been passionate about working to reduce the stigma of mental health. Over the years, I have found myself happiest serving in environments that reduce barriers to care for marginalized populations with mental health conditions. My work with people who live with eating disorders, mood disorders, and psychosis, has opened my eyes to the need for specialized resources and care. I truly believe that my work as a Clinical Social Worker is bigger than me and I am dedicated to supporting individuals and their families that would not otherwise sought services.
MORE ABOUT MIRANDA'S PRACTICE
The practice space is a calm, and nurturing environment, that helps you silence the noise from the day-to-day stressors. Beyond the physical environment, I prioritize my belief in an inclusive treatment environment that is affirming to all genders, spiritual beliefs, and backgrounds. My biggest tool within the relationship, is the use of myself. If I do not present my authentic self, how will the individuals I serve feel safe to do so. As a result, it is not unordinary for us to share laughter as well as tears.
WHAT TO EXPECT YOUR FIRST SESSION Your first session, in some ways, may be the easiest. Aside from meeting someone new and embarking on the beginning of the changes you would like to make, I will guide you most through this session. This first session or so is intended to be a rapport building and information gathering session. I will gather information about your mental health, physical, and family history. We will then discuss and collaborate to identify what you would like to accomplish through our time together. And finally, I will work to make sure you leave with a strategy or tool to hold you over til our next session.
MY ADVICE TO POTENTIAL CLIENTS
My advice for someone contemplating treatment is to take one step at a time. Start with the consultation and go from there. Thinking steps ahead often serves to detract from the present moment and thwart efforts to get help.
MY BACKGROUND Miranda’s interest in the development of others has blossomed into over a decade-long passion as she obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Sociology from Biola University. After graduating from the University of Southern California with a Masters in Social Work, Miranda began developing a focus in helping individuals with the most severe and persistent mental illnesses. She has worked to stabilize individuals in crisis to prevent psychiatric hospitalization, incarceration, among an array of other issues that impair the independent and relational functioning of pre-teens, adolescents and adults.