Treatment Approach: My educational and professional background has provided me with opportunity to work with a variety of clientele. I began my educational experience at Azusa Pacific University where I graduated with my bachelors in Sociology and Business Administration. I then decided to pursue my master’s in social work. I attended the University of Southern California with an emphasis in Child, Youth, and Families. After school, I worked at my final internship as a Foster Care and Adoptions Social Worker. While there, I became Certified in Safe Home Assessments and worked closely with the child welfare system. After some time there, I moved on to work as an Adoption Specialist. I worked with incoming resource families and extended family members to become certified to resources families (used to be known as foster parents). I eventually moved on to work at the County of San Bernardino Department of Behavioral Health, where I worked on the Community Crisis Response Team as well as assist the Major Disaster Team. I have experienced working with children, adolescents, and adults going through thoughts of suicide and homicide. I engage with my clients to process the triggers of current and past stressors in their lives to ensure that they remain safe. I have been trained to assess and determine whether a psychiatric evaluation is necessary. On this team, I gained tremendous exposure to crisis situations, and was able to cultivate my ability to remain calm and objective during episodes of extreme stress. I currently am working on mydoctorate in Clinical Psychology at Loma Linda University, and working at Wings of the Future as a psychotherapist.
The biggest lesson I have learned at my time working in foster care and with the crisis response team is that relationships are essential for change and are imperative to useful therapy. I utilize a Relational Gestalt approach. I enjoy working with people on their thought process, actions/reactions, and how it relates to their life experiences and if it helps or hinders their daily lives. I believe that most people have experienced events that have impacted their lives. lt is my goal to help identify these events and help my clients move through them.
I believe that each person has unique impressions and experiences, and so my treatment is tailored to their individual needs. I have a client-centered approach and firmly believe that clients are the change-makers and have the power to guide their own recovery. lt is my goal to provide an empathic and engaging style throughout treatment while providing a safe, compassionate, and non-judgmental space. I have trained to work with all ages and especially enjoy working with adolescents, young adults, and adults. I continue to work with suicidal thoughts, depression, anxiety and trauma. I am sensitive to multicultural issues and welcome working and learning from people from a variety of backgrounds. I hope to work with you in exploring your emotions, concerns, and trauma/significant events to help you find some relief and develop long-term solutions that bring positive results.
Divorce and Separation
Therapeutic approach: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Humanistic Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy.
Hello, my name is Irmgard Alarcon. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) who has been in the Mental Health field for over 10 years. I have worked in a variety of settings such as schools, non-profit mental health agencies, psychiatric hospital, and private practice.
I have provided assistance to children, teens, and adults through individual and group therapy, acute crisis treatment, family preservation counseling, and domestic violence case management and support groups.
I use a variety of therapeutic. approaches, individualized to each client’s needs, such as Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, and Humanistic Therapy. My therapeutic style involves meeting each individual where they are at in their unique journey.
I like to work as a team with my clients where we can have difficult conversations, work on resolving issues, and collaborate on treatment plans that are tailored to their personal needs and experiences. A passion of mine is to provide support and encouragement to empower individuals to gain strength, confidence, hope, self- love, and a sense of control of their life. I believe the most important component of therapy is for a client to feel comfortable and safe to share without judgement, from a warm, genuine, and understanding therapist.
lt takes a lot of courage and motivation. to reach out for additional support. If you are looking for someone to help you develop to your maximum potential and become your best self, then I look forward to meeting you soon.
My Credentials: Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). Master of Social Work from Azusa Pacific University, bachelor’s in science, Human Services from California State University, Fullerton. Seeking Safety Training, Domestic Violence Training. Therapeutic approaches: Client-centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Humanistic Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy.
Kerri Sanford, MSW, is an Associate Clinical Social Worker (ACSW) specializing in anxiety, depression, excessive anger, family conflict, PTSD, grief/loss issues, and addiction with a master’s degree in social work from Fordham University and a bachelor’s degree in music from The Boston Conservatory.
Kerri believes in the power of creative expression to increase insight and awareness into clients’ thoughts and feelings, drawly heavily from Cognitive Behavioral Theory.
She began her social work career providing trauma-informed psychotherapy and substance abuse counseling to in-patient adults diagnosed with schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, and bipolar disorder.
Her work has also focused on the intersection of domestic violence (psychological, emotional, economic, physical, sexual, and post-separation abuse) and the complex area of child custody and high-conflict divorce within the family court system. Kerri’s clients include adults, families, adolescents, and children.
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