We provide mental health counseling for people who want to improve their lives and be happy. We use a variety of tools including art therapy, mindfulness based cognitive therapy and practical problem solving to provide a holistic approach. We’ll work with you to find the right treatment to achieve your goals and create your life.
JOSÉ CABRERA is a registered Art Therapist and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in California. He completed his Master’s degree at Loyola Marymount University. José was also the recipient of a Fulbright scholarship which gave him the opportunity to research and provide therapy to families and couples in Mexico.
NAOMI TUCKER is a registered Art Therapist and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She trained at Loyola Marymount University, where she now teaches. Naomi facilitates art therapy groups at Bridges to Recovery and provides expansion-focused therapy for all ages.
Meet the Therapists
We will invite you to try using art to express yourself. Art making is a way to learn our true intentions, to process and make sense of things, and practice mindfulness. Art helps us find perspective and see things we couldn’t see before. It gives voice to parts of ourselves we don’t yet have words for and allows us to heal and know our wholeness as humans.
Mindfulness and meditation are ways to practice being present in the moment. Much of the time our minds are focused on the past (what already happened and how we feel about it) or the future (what might happen and if we want it or not).
When we practice paying attention to what is happening instead, there are many benefits:
Increased immune system functioning
Increased flexibility in dealing with situations of daily life
Increased compassion for ourselves and others
There are many different ways to practice including:
Focus on breath–noticing the sensation and movement
Walking meditation–conscious movement
Seated meditation–observing your breath and thoughts
Guided meditation–following along with an audio guide
Here is a guided meditation to try
WATERFALL MEDITATION © 2011 Naomi Tucker