As a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist here in California, I have focused my career on helping clients reduce relationship conflict. My 1st 10 years as a therapist were spent working with a non-profit Domestic Violence shelter based organization. I left that agency in 2006 to start my own private practice (now called Bingham Marriage & Family Therapy, Inc. DBA Alternative Health Consultants). I partnered with Theresa Ramos to develop an evidence based Domestic Violence Diversion program. We have had thousands of referrals come through our door. Four years ago we began running statistics on clients pre vs. post testing, and we are seeing statistically significant positive gains by those who graduate. I am well versed in helping clients learn tools and skills to achieve the relationship and life that they desire. We encourage everyone to remember "Life is a journey." And, "What the mind can see, the body can achieve."
I've lived in many parts of the world, but I call California home. I'm an advocate of no-kill animal shelters, and have adopted numerous dogs and cats through the years. Currently I have 3 dogs and 1 cat. I'm currently looking for the right Lab puppy, and plan to train it to be a true therapy animal. The dogs I have now are all rescues, and just like people, come with their own childhood traumas as well as past relationship issues that disrupt their adult behavior. They continue to be a work in progress.
Graduated with a BA in Psychology - Fresno State University (1990)
Graduated from National University with a Masters in Counseling Psychology (1995)
Licensed as a Marriage & Family Therapist (2002) [MFC38630]
I hold numerous certifications: Certified Anger Resolution Therapist, Shelter Based Advocate - Certified to counsel Victims of Domestic Violence, Domestic Violence Group Facilitator (working with perpetrators), Parenting Instructor - Jane Major's Breakthrough Parenting, and more. Further, I have presented over 500 hours of continuing education to other therapists and group facilitators with a focus on Relational Violence. I also taught "Relational Violence" at the graduate level.
Specialties & Issues
My specialties include Anger Management, Co-Parenting, Relationship Conflict / Drama, Mindfulness, Communication issues, career enhancement, Parenting and of course relationship enhancement, and more. Over the years I have probably completed over 8,000 assessments surrounding Drug / Alcohol issues, Child Abuse, and Partner violence.
- Anger Management
- Caregiver Support
- Family Life
- Grief & Loss
- Health & Wellness
- Life Coaching
- Mood Disorders
- Panic Disorders/Attacks
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Relationship Issues
- Self Esteem
- Stress Management
- Time Management
- Work/Life Balance
I consider myself eclectic. To help my clients, I pull from may different theoretical orientations. However, I am grounded in the belief: "If we do not change how we think, we will not change our behavior." The ultimate skill that I teach is GROW UP. Most people I work with do not know what it means. So, we've placed it as an acronym. For example: G = Gain perspective, compassion, and integrity. R = Be Respectful with your words, behaviors, and boundaries. O = Own your responsibility (or own your life). W = Practice winning strategies. And, the UP = Understand and Practice Emotional Intelligence (EQ), and the Law of Attraction. I've found that when adults really GROW UP, they are in a better position to ask for and achieve what they truly want.
Services & Rates
Face to face: 50 minutes: $150 Face to face (1/2 session - 25 minutes): $75 Video counseling - same rates as face to face.
Programs that I offer through Alternative Health Consultants: (Contact me for fees for these programs...) Most of these programs are on a sliding fee scale: based on income - $25 to $60 per group.
Anger Management (12 - 26 weeks)
Child Abuse Intervention Program (52 week) A real CAI program, not a 52 week parenting program.
Batterer's Intervention - 1st Offender & Repeat Offender (certified for either male or female offenders)
Phoenix Program (26 week Domestic Diversion Program).
At this time Alternative Health Consultants does not accept insurance. We are totally private pay. However, we are looking into joining provider boards this year.
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