Licensed Psychologist (Psy.D, LP)
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Monica is a calm and caring individual who knows the value of humor and having fun, and brings that into her therapy work. As a licensed psychologist, she blends her gentle style with a handful of empowering techniques to bring healing to adults, older teens, and couples.
One of Monica’s areas of expertise is working from a harm reduction model. This model is a collaborative approach between client and therapist that works well for anyone struggling with behaviors they are looking to change, including substance misuse. Monica also treats depression and mood disorders, anxiety, trauma, major life stressors, and substance dependence and abuse, among others. She has experience with both DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) and CBT (Cognitive Behavior Therapy) methods and frequently uses tools from these modalities to increase clients’ abilities to cope with challenging emotions or situations.
Monica enjoys working with people who are struggling to adjust to various life changes, and has a soft spot for teens and young adults who may be struggling to adjust to the many role changes and new responsibilities that we tend to expect of people this age. She has experience working with people who experience chronic pain and chronic physical illnesses. She also enjoys working with people with Borderline Personality Disorder or borderline traits.
When it comes to substance misuse, Monica is unlike the many therapists who insist the only way to treat substance misuse is with abstinence, Monica believes that this is not always the case. It is sometimes possible for people to learn how to moderate their alcohol use, or develop a healthier relationship with their drug of choice, that includes less harm experienced by themselves and their loved ones. She also works with family members who have a loved one struggling with substance misuse, and who are perhaps looking for a compassionate alternative to “tough love” to help their loved one.