First and foremost, I would want you to know you have intrinsic worth and you are worthy. No matter where you are, what you are facing, what you are uncovering, what you are feeling, in this moment as you read this, you are worthy, and there is hope.
As you search for a therapist, please know it would be my privilege to journey with you through this time of your life.
There are three tenants I believe about therapy, not only because it is what I strive to bring to my clients, but because I have experienced each personally in my own therapy.
First, I believe in the power of the therapeutic relationship. When a therapist and a client sit together in one’s pain, in one’s questioning, in one’s discomfort, I believe that eventual healing is not only possible, but probable.
Second, I believe therapy is about the here and now. It’s about the moments being shared in the present. The present may be informed or shaped by past experiences, or driven by future aspirations, but it is in the present where the power lies to understand and to change.
Third, I believe therapy is a place for the client to be authentic…to speak honestly, to feel openly, and to engage actively in the process of healing.
Vital to fostering this authentic relationship is creating a safe therapeutic environment that enables the exploration of the issues at hand. With a background working with children and adolescents, women, couples, and families through issues of depression, anxiety, trauma, abuse, loss and grief, childhood issues, relational issues, divorce, remarriage, blended families, faith-based issues, identity, addictions/escaping behaviors, and codependence, I approach our time together with compassion and care as I know facing any of these issues, as well as others, can feel overwhelming.
However, I believe, because you are here right now, you have hope. Hope for change. And I too, believe in that hope along with you.
I have lived in the Santa Clarita Valley for the past 25 years. I graduated from Calvin College with a Bachelors in Psychology and a minor in Elementary Education and Social Work. After college, I became a middle school teacher, teaching in both public and private schools in Santa Clarita, teaching and working with families of 5th-7th grade students. After the birth of my two children, I started my own private tutoring business continuing the one-on- one educational care of not only the student and the academic subject struggles, but also navigating special education, IEPs, collaborative support between classroom teacher, home, and tutoring, as well as informal family counseling and educational guidance. I decided to return to my first professional passion and graduated from Fuller Theological Seminary with my Master’s of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy. I have completed training as a Restoration Therapist Level II at Lake Avenue Counseling Center in Pasadena, and am currently practicing at Sync Counseling Center Valencia as a Marriage and Family Therapy Intern. I have also completed training in Marriage Strong, Relationship IQ, and Trauma Focused CBT.
If you are interested in learning more about therapy, myself, or living in “sync”, please do not hesitate to contact me. I look forward to hearing from you.
Rebecca is a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (#93980) supervised by Dr. Curtis Miller, PsyD, LMFT MFC 31636.