All people experience difficulties and challenges at some point in their lives. Working through the challenges of creating a more fulfilling and happier life can be both difficult and rewarding. I appreciate the courage needed to take those first steps toward change. If you are ready to take that step, I will provide a safe space for you, and I am here to support you and help you become healthy and empowered.
I have 13 years of experience working with individuals and families as a family therapist and behavior analyst. I am a practicing psychotherapist and hold a license as an Independent Marriage and Family Therapist in Ohio and as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California. I completed my Ph.D. and hold a doctorate in Health Psychology and Behavioral Medicine. Additionally, I have two years of advanced education and training in Applied Behavior Analysis and hold certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst in California as well as a license as a Behavior Analyst in Washington.
I have helped people with a wide range of concerns including posttraumatic stress disorder, childhood sexual abuse and sexual assault, depression, anxiety, attachment and parenting issues, relationship and family issues, career and academic challenges, decision-making, and problem-solving. Other related experience includes teaching behavior analysis and supervising the fieldwork of behavior analyst interns and clinical mental health counseling graduate students. I have a particular interest in helping veterans and working with them on a variety of issues and concerns. Military veterans and their families are my primary clinical focus.
As a behavior analyst, I have extensive experience working with families of children with special needs, including autism, ADHD, intellectual disabilities, and other special needs. I create behavior plans for the individual as well as work with parents and caregivers in grief, loss, and acceptance and support them and their needs under very challenging life circumstances.
My counseling style is warm and interactive and is grounded in wellness and pragmatism with a client-focused, strength-based approach. I employ an empathic, direct, and practical counseling style, using a wide range of evidenced based tools to make our time most meaningful and enhance your everyday life concerns. I view clients through a developmental lens and use an eclectic approach from an evidenced based perspective and meet people where they are, and with techniques and interventions to best match their unique needs and perspectives. This includes skillful and strategic use of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), object relations, family systems, Gestalt, and narrative therapies, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), with an individualized, person-centered focus and psychodynamic/existential theoretical framework. I have worked extensively with individuals, groups, and families. While helping people develop tools and skills to empower them and help them achieve their goals, I support people through their process and share their journey. Empathy, compassion, trust, and respect are cornerstones of my approach.
I use a holistic and eclectic approach and flexible, regular interventions customized for the individual and believe a good relationship between therapist and client is key to the process of counseling. Please let me know what you want to achieve through the counseling experience (such as working on long-term issues that may go back to childhood or a very direct treatment plan for a specific concern, such as lifestyle changes, a particular phobia, or social anxiety). I bring a wealth of scholarship and academic knowledge to the practice of psychotherapy and seek to build a collaborative bond with clients in order to work together to achieve better mental health. The online platform allows for creativity in using this approach in terms of length of sessions, time of sessions, and strategic contacts. I seek to be of service to those who could take advantage of the convenience, flexibility, and mobility that online has to offer and will offer thoughtful and deliberate interventions with persons who desire a compassionate, reflective, and genuine presence in their lives.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Relationship issues
- Family conflicts
- Trauma and abuse
I also have experience in Addictions, LGBT, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, ADHD
LMFT #77516 (Expires: 2021-03-31)
LMFT #F.1100006 (Expires: 2021-05-31)
Dr. Ray is skilled, empathetic, and respects you enough to tell you the truth in a sensitive, but straight forward way (even when you may not want to hear it). I appreciate her authenticity, knowledge and clinical skill; it was key in helping restore my marriage. #Forevergrateful!!
The real deal.