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Prayer, Faith, and Trustin GOD are the pathways to emotional healing

About my practice: I am the owner and sole member of Imani Christian Counseling Services, LLC.  The word "Imani" pronounced ee MAH nee means "faith" in Swahili.  The reason I chose this name for my private practice is that I believe healing begins with faith, and that prayer, faith, and trust in God are the pathways to emotional healing.  Hebrews 11:1 reads "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." (KJV)

About me:  I am happily married and have a son, daughter, and 3 beautiful grandchildren.  I enjoy attending church, spending time with my husband and family, shopping, reading, playing Dominos and Scrabble, and attending workshops and conferences to increase my knowledge in my profession.  Aside from Hebrews 11:1, another one of my favorite scriptures is Proverbs 3:5 - Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding because in order to do this you must have FAITH.


I have worked in the mental health field for the past 10 years for the following employers: Private Practice (2014-Present), Valley Community Counseling Services Manteca Clinic (2014), Aspiranet Stockton Therapeutic Behavioral Services and Safety Assistance and Family Empowerment Programs (2011-2013), T. H. Brown Youth Homes/Youth 2000 Inc. (2011), Stars Behavioral Health/StarView in Compton, CA (2007-2011), Portals/Pacific Clinics in Los Angeles, CA (2007), and CCEO YouthBuild in Gardena, CA (2006-2007).  Prior to beginning a career in the mental health field, I had a career in the Criminal Justice Field and worked for the following employers: San Joaquin County Sheriff's Department (1985-1989), (1994-1998), Los Angeles County Probation Dept. Pretrial Services Div. (1989-1994), and the Los Angeles Superior Court (2001-2006).

Education:
Master of Arts Degree: Marital and Family Therapy with a specialization in African American Family Studies
Pacific Oaks College/Pasadena, CA.  

Bachelor of Arts Degree: Labor Studies;  Minor: Business Administration
CSU, Dominguez Hills/Carson, CA. 

License, Certifications & Awards:
License No./State: LMFT 80569 California
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional
Certified SYMBIS Assessment Facilitator


Areas of Emphasis/Specialities:
Christian Counseling
Culturally Sensitive Counseling
Pre-Marital/Marriage Counseling
Individual Therapy (Adults)
Family Therapy
Adjustment Disorders
Depression and other Mood Disorders
Anxiety Disorders
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Acute Stress/PTSD
Post Partum Depression (PPD) and other Perinatal Mood Disorders
Stress Management
Trauma/Acute Stress/PTSD
Grief and Loss

Issues
Adjustment Disorders
Anxiety Disorders (Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Attacks/Panic Disorder, Social Anxiety/Social Phobia, Phobias, Trichotillomania, Body Dysmorphic Disorder)
Anger
Bereavement/Uncomplicated and Complicated Grief and Loss
Chronic Illness/Pain Management
Depression
Discrimination/Harrassment
Faith/Spirituality
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Parenting
Personality Disorders
Phase of Life/Personal Growth
Singleness/Relationships
Stress Management
Trauma/Acute Stress Disorder/PTSD
Women's Issues
Work and Career Issues

Client Focus
Adults
Couples
Families

Theoretical Orientations:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Adlerian Psychotherapy
Attachment Therory
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Dialetical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)

Interpersonal Psychotherapy

Solution-Focused BriefTherapy
Family Systems 

Therapeutic Approach:
My therapeutic approach is to provide support and practical feedback to help clients effectively address personal life challenges. I integrate complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, I work with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.  


Additional Training

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR)

Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Life Space Crisis Intervention
Positive Parenting with a Plan

Professional Activities and Memberships
Anxiety and Depression Association of America
Delta-Stockton Chapter of CAMFT
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)
American Association of Christian Counselors
International EAP Association

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