Hello, I am Johana, a I bilingual licensed professional. My journey in this field began in 2011. Since I started my career, I have worked in non-profit agencies providing community services to toddlers, children, adolescents and adults. In my experience as a mental health provider I have worked in a multitude of programs from preventive care to diagnosable treatment.
In 2015, I worked as a Wraparound (WRAP) Therapist, with children, youth and their families with serious mental health challenges. Wrap is a type of service designed for high-risk children and adolescents; I enjoyed this type of treatment very much.
I have also focused in adult programs and providing group services in various treatments. Through this experience, I came to learn how multi-generational aspects, really can affect an individual, a couple, or family’s present decisions.
In addition, I practice as an eclectic type of therapist because although I specialize in certain approaches, I like to personalize and modify my approach according to my client’s unique needs. At times, I have just sat with my clients and practiced guided meditation and grounding techniques because that is what my clients needed at that time.
More about me. I have been in a committed relationship with my high school sweetheart for nearly twenty years, we have a beautiful Weimaraner. Our weim is curious and adventurous, kind of like me, oh and he enjoys belly rubs…. I don’t. On my spare time I like to watch psychological thrills, comedies, take walks with my dog, use my Cricut (for all you crafters out there), and most of all dance. I love to dance to every genre but my specialty is cultural Latin music and 80’s (80’s is my favorite).
I also, absolutely love to travel, but since traveling has been affected by the pandemic, I‘ve resorted to practice tons of mindfulness (my happy traveled memories). As per that adventurous side, I have been on a mission to participate in as many sky related activities (hot air ballooning, zip-lining, skydiving, helicopter riding and parasailing) as possible. I believe that we should do more of the things that bring us joy!
Authenticity is a big one for me, I like to show up for my client’s and sit with their emotional moment with them. My clients would best describe me as a warm, empathetic, genuine, inquisitive person and a person with many metaphors and examples. In my work as much as in my personal life, I tend to ask a lot of questions because questions give us answers…vital answers which may help my client to uncover deeper meanings.
Hello, my name is Brian. My favorite self-care activities are mindful breathing and karaoke. Some of my hobbies are playing a lot of tabletop roleplaying games, like Dungeons & Dragons!
Brian Hamilton is an Associate Marriage Family Therapist. He enjoys working with kids and teens, as well as individuals struggling with intimate partner violence, addiction recovery, and CPS Reunification. He is trained in the use of Parent Child Interaction Therapy, a model designed to help children struggling with trauma and/or separation from their primary caregivers. He is also trained in the use of the Comprehensive Resource Model, a treatment modality similar to EMDR that provides clients with a comprehensive set of skills for managing trauma-related symptoms. For addiction recovery, Brian uses Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention to help clients identify
triggers and overcome cravings.
Brian enjoys providing psychoeducation to the community. He is the co-host of the online podcast series, Beacon of Hope, discussing issues related to the current foster care system. He is also the host of the YouTube channel, Initiative Play Therapy, which provides advice to therapists on how to use games and pop culture characters as interventions in play therapy. Brian has a chapter included in the book, The Psychology of Pokémon, published by Geek Therapeutics.
In addition to his work as a therapist, Brian enjoys tabletop games of all kinds, particularly tabletop roleplaying games. Brian has self-published several titles, including the five-part series, Rise of the Genie Lords, available on the Dungeon Master’s Guild. He enjoys karaoke, mythology and religious stories, and reading about the latest in archaeology, anthropology, and astronomy.
“The wound is the place where the light enters you.”
Johana Montes de Oca, LMFT #118488