Carol has her Master's Degree in Psychology from Chapman University. She graduated with a 4.0 gpa and focused her studies on Marriage & Family Therapy, with additional research on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues as they relate to the family and relationships.
In her practice as a therapist, she has mainly focused on working with adolescents (ages 14-25) and on working with people of all ages who are struggling with gender identity, coming out to their family & friends, and beginning the physical & emotional transition to their true gender.
She works with most mental health issues using Cognitive-Behavioral and Solution-Focused therapies, including elements of Art Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Family Systems Therapy in her work with clients.
Carol loves working with people and loves being a psychotherapist. She grew up in Fresno as the youngest of 6 children and as a child of parents who were born and raised during the Great Depression. She has a deep understanding of the issues facing many generations due to her vast life experience. She moved to Southern California after high school and attended California State University, Long Beach, where she studied Multicultural Family Studies. She completed her Bachelor of Arts at California State University, Sacramento, where she was on the Dean's Honor List and was heavily involved on campus and in the community doing outreach work as a Sexual Health Educator and Counselor.
She has an in-depth perspective on cultural diversity not only pertaining to race, but to lifestyle, gender, sexual orientation, and assimilation/acculturation. She has extensive experience in working with migrant populations, with both English and non-English speaking clients (through use of translators), with direct experience in the Long Beach, CA subculture of Little Cambodia, as well as in the LGBTQQIAA...subculture.
As a therapist, Carol is open-minded and real. She wants her clients to feel comfortable and for them to trust her, so that they are able to speak freely in sessions and work quickly toward reaching their goals set in therapy. She is able to help her clients resolve many issues with her respectfully confrontational style. She believes that once people stop blaming others and start taking responsibility for their own role in their problems that they can make tremendous progress in overcoming some of life's most troublesome situations.