Abrams & Associates Counseling
About me – I am a bilingual (English and Chinese Cantonese) Marriage and Family Therapist Intern (IMF85521) from Los Angeles, California. In the past, I provided therapy to children, young adults (age 18-25), adults and families with mental illnesses. I have experience working in community mental health, private practice as well as university counseling settings. I have work experience with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and behavioral difficulties, Asian American adults and families with mental illnesses, as well as young adult couples for pre-marital counseling in the Christian Faith. I believe that effective therapy begins with a supportive and genuine relationship, and I strive to provide my consumers with the best quality service. My all-inclusive services will assist in maximizing the consumer's sense of identity and self-worth.e.
a. In the past, I have provided therapy to individuals, families and couples. I have experience in providing therapy to children, young adults, and adults, as well as couples and families with various mental health disorders. I have work extensive work experience with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, behavioral difficulties and emotional disturbances. In addition, I have extensive work experience with Asian American adults, couples and families with mental illnesses. I have worked as a therapist in community mental health, private practice, and hospital settings in the San Gabriel Valley area. I am currently in pursuit to be a Certified Consultant in Applied Sport Psychology, and will be certified to work with individuals seeking psychological assistance in exercise and performance.
My Educational background
I received my Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with emphasis in Biology from University of California, San Diego. I obtained my Master of Science in Counseling from California State University, Fullerton with emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy. I am currently in pursuit to become certified as a Certified Consultant in Applied Sport Psychology at John F. Kennedy University.
Using eclectic approach, I provide clients with support and practical feedback to help clients address personal life challenges. I often integrate different approaches and techniques to offer a highly personalized treatment tailored to each client. My compassion and understanding allows me to work with each individual to help built on their strengths and achieve personal growth that they have committed to.
How can therapy help?
Participation in therapy can allow clients to feel supported, improve problem-solving skills, and enhance coping strategies for issues such as depression, anxiety and relationship conflicts, unresolved childhood issues, grief, and stress. Through therapy, clients can gain fresh perspectives on difficult problems. Some benefits from therapy may include:
1. Attaining better understanding of yourself, your goals and values.
2. Develop skills to improve relationships
3. Learning new ways to cope
4. Improve management of anger, grief, depression, and other emotional issues
5. Improving self-esteem and confidence.
How do I know therapy is for me?
Individuals have different motivations for seeking therapy. Some may be going through major life changes (divorce, unemployment, death of a loved one, etc), or are having difficulties coping from current stressors. Some individuals want further exploration into issues such as low-self esteem, depression, addiction, relationship problems, and spirituality. Therapy can provide needed encouragement and space to help individuals get through these periods.
How long does therapy last?
Ultimately, the client is in control of how long therapy lasts. Throughout treatment, we will work collaboratively to form your goals and discuss your progress towards meeting treatment goals.
Some clinical concerns I have experience working with include:
ii. Attention Deficient Hyperactive Disorder
iv. Anxiety Disorder
v. Bipolar Disorder
vi. Chronic/Terminal Illness
vii. Conduct Disorder
ix. Drug use/abuse
x. Family Conflicts
xii. Gender Identity
xiii. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
xiv. Panic Disorder
xv. Personality Disorders
xvi. Pre-marital Conflict
xvii. Post traumatic Stress Disorders
xviii. Schizophrenia Disorder
xix. Spirituality and Religion