*Please note Cher will be moving to a new office location in Buena Park on April 1, 2019.*
Cher’s approach to therapy is based on helping people find acceptance and compassion for themselves. Through developing safety and calming the nervous system, there is room to explore feelings, thoughts, and experiences. She believes we are influenced by our culture(s), families, and systems and sometimes the coping skills we’ve developed no longer serve us in our current lives, and a new approach is needed. Cher’s specialities include working with people who have difficulty maintaining closeness with others, those who grew up with parents who were abusing alcohol or drugs, those who feel something was off in their childhood but to the outside community their family looked “healthy” and “normal,” and those who have experienced sexual abuse, assault, or coercion. She uses different mind-body approaches such as mindfulness, Emotional Freedom Technique, and yoga-informed therapy to help people develop skills to identify and process emotions, let go of thoughts, and reduce symptoms of anxiety, trauma, and depression. She also uses inner child work as a way to help people begin having more compassion for themselves. Cher is only in network with BCBS PPO and no longer in network with Blue Choice PPO.
Cher also enjoys helping people with identity concerns, life/work imbalance, trauma, recovery, boundary development and those who identify as LGBTQ, including trans and gender non-conforming folks. As a social worker with over ten years experience in non-profits, she is especially passionate about helping other therapists, activists, organizers, and helpers to develop self-care and boundaries to be their best selves. Cher is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Illinois. She received her Master of Social Work from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a Graduate Certificate in Complementary Therapies and Healing Practices. She also holds a certificate in yoga-informed psychotherapy from Live Oak.