I love people. I am passionate about identifying individuals’ unique gifts to help them create healthy relationships and live fulfilled and inspired lives. My personal philosophy is that love is essential, that relationships are the greatest source of health and healing, and that people like you and me have the power to make the world a better place.

As a therapist, I focus on taking a client-centered approach where sessions are built around the individual’s particular needs and strengths in an engaged, empathic, and safe environment.

A little more of my background: my parents are immigrants from the Philippines, so I’ve experienced and can relate to many of the acculturation issues faced by US-born children of immigrants. I love connecting with young adults, adolescents, and children, especially the “hard-to-reach” ones. I’ve experienced my own challenges in life with grief and loss, so I also care deeply about supporting people through the grieving process.

I believe in giving back and my favorite charity is charity: water, where 100% of donations go to providing clean drinking water to people in developing nations.

Education

I attended the University of California, Berkeley as an Alumni Scholar and double majored in Psychology and Mass Communications. I earned my Master of Arts and Doctor of Psychology (Psy.D.) degrees with a scholarship at The California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles (APA accredited). My studies had an emphasis in Individual, Child and Family Therapy as well as special training in Couples Therapy.

Training & Experience

Since 2005, I have worked in diverse settings throughout Los Angeles and Orange County, in private practice, and for organizations including County of Orange Children and Youth Services, El Camino College, Cal Poly Pomona, Fullerton College, Orange Coast College Disabled Students Programs and Services, and West County Counseling Services School-Based Program in Huntington Beach. I’ve also enjoyed speaking on topics of wellness to groups as large as 1,200. I have extensive experience working with people with disabilities and am a CAPED-certified Learning Disability Specialist.

My Strengthsfinder 2.0 Top 5 Themes

  1. Individualization : I’m intrigued by the unique qualities of each person.
  2. Input : I’m in constant search of knowledge and information.
  3. Woo : I take satisfaction in connecting with other people.
  4. Communication : I like to express ideas clearly and engage with others.
  5. Positivity : I have an exuberance for life and contagious enthusiasm.

Want to know more? Contact me at therese@drtherese.com.

Testimonials

“I began seeing Dr. Therese during a bout of severe post-graduation anxiety, and even though I was initially wary of therapy, I’m now forever grateful I made the decision to seek help. My transition to the real world was far from smooth; I found myself struggling with panic attacks and depression, turning down almost every social opportunity that came my way. Once my anxiety began interfering with my ability to perform at work, I realized I needed to actively work on what I was experiencing, and my sessions with Dr. Therese became a crucial part of my healing process.

During my year and a half of working on my coping skills under Dr. Therese’s guidance, I’ve gone from avoiding public and social settings (I used to panic on a simple trip to the grocery store!) to making plans to move to abroad. Dr. Therese showed me that I have the strength to gradually alter my thought process to greet transitional phases with excitement, rather than apprehension, and to drown out the negative thoughts that held me back from pursuing my ultimate goals. I’ve learned lifelong methods for keeping my anxiety at bay during times of stress, and am truly grateful for all of her help! If you’re even considering therapy, I highly suggest you take that first step in the direction of self-care and see what Dr. Therese has to offer.”

– JM