We are a group private mental health practice in Agoura Hills, California. Our practice is called an "empowerment center" because we offer healing from a strengths focused lens, and wish to empower others to use their strengths to grow and heal! We believe that people are redeemable and we strive to help our clients find the best versions of themselves. As much as we dive into serious, deep topics, we also seek to make therapy a place to enjoy self growth. We expect you to work hard to meet your mental health goals, but we want you to have fun and enjoy the process while doing it! We provide a casual, comfortable, and authentic space for healing, with a range of different culturally competent therapeutic activities depending on your personal likes and needs.
Getting started is usually one of the hardest parts of healing, as the process can seem very intimidating. Want to show up and dive right in? Great! Need to spend some time figuring us out before you want to dive in? Also works! We will let you go at your pace. Wherever you are in your healing journey, we will meet you there. Within the context of our treatment plans created at the beginning of services, we go with the flow for each client depending on current needs, and acknowledge that on different days we may need different activities to heal! We will meet you wherever you emotionally and mentally are in the moment.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and received a Master of Social Work with a concentration in Mental Health from the University of Southern California. I have treated children, teens, and young adults struggling with depression, anxiety, substance use, past trauma, and those wanting to further explore their sexual orientation and gender identity.
Prior to private practice, I mainly worked with foster youth and adoptive families in community mental health and school settings. I have also facilitated groups for teens and young adults who identify as LGBTQ+ and have been through trauma. I am fully trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), TF-CBT (Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), Seeking Safety, and SPARCS (Structured Psychotherapy for Adolescents Responding to Chronic Stress). I believe that in order to feel at ease and live authentically, we need to heal our wounds. Sometimes this can be scary and together we can unearth your full potential and help you move forward. I want to help you feel comfortable with yourself and the life you envision living. Through mindfulness and art therapy techniques, we can work together to bring awareness to your mind, body, and spirit. Together, we can change thought patterns that may be holding you back from feeling joy and continue the healing process.
Pronouns: She / Her
Education: Master of Social Work from University of Southern California, Bachelor of Psychology and Spanish from Pepperdine University
Other Clinical Experience: addiction treatment centers, working with teens and adults on probation, school settings
Hi there, my name is Angela! I specialize in working with young adults and older teenagers who have experienced trauma, substance use and addiction, and care for those who are LGBTQIA+ including gender diverse individuals. I am queer myself and love to work with others in the queer community. Many of my clients have traits of Highly Sensitive People, have people pleasing tendencies, and are looking to gain perspective and build more confidence in navigating their world. I provide care from a LGBTQIA+ affirmative, anti-racist, social justice oriented lens.
I offer sessions via telehealth, in office, and equine assisted life coaching sessions in Malibu. Some of my sessions feel like “elevated coffee dates”, as my goal is to provide a safe, casual, comfortable space for healing. For those interested in doing deeper work, I use the Compassionate Inquiry approach, which helps to nuture the mind/body connection, connect how early childhood experiences have shape our current behavior, explore how current perceptions have shaped us, and understand more deeply how generational and cultural experiences have shaped us. Generally my sessions end up feeling like a combination of the “elevated coffee date” and the Compassionate Inquiry work, and are completely lead by where my client wants to do work on any given day. The flexibility to meet you where you are on any given day is very important to me so that you can participate in the work that is most beneficial to you in the moment.