Toni has offices in Orange and San Dimas, California and works with individuals (ages 7 and up), couples, and families. She strives to be genuine and authentic in every context and makes an effort to represent the unconditional acceptance and grace of God with each client while speaking truth. Toni is skilled in working with people with histories of abuse and trauma, challenges with anger and forgiveness, difficult relationships, and low self-esteem.
I earned my MA in Marriage & Family Therapy from Hope International University. and completed an Internship at the Center for Individual & Family Therapy (CIFT Counseling) in Orange and Chino, CA. She was supervised by Drs. Kaneeza Lafir and Robyn Bettenhausen; D. Douglas Gustafson, Carolyn Verity, and Melissa Zwart. I was fully trained in EMDR by Dr. Linda Vanderlaan and also completed an Externship in Emotionally Focused Therapy at TRI-EFT Alliant with Drs.Scott Woolley and Lisa Palmer-Olsen. I participated in the 2011 Summer Institute at the Center for Play Therapy at University of North Texas at Denton.
I am a Clinical Member of California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists (CAMFT), a Clinical Fellow with the American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy (AAMFT), a Presidenti Member of the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC), and a Full Clinical Member of EMDRIA (Eye Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing International Association).
My fee is $135 per clinical hour (45-50 minutes) and I offer a sliiding scale based on income on a limited basis.
Why I Became a Christian Therapist
I am a Christian therapist because I discovered God's love and grace as part of my own healing journey. I know what it feels like to see life from a depressive/anxious perspective and fear God--wondering if I could ever do anything to be worthy of Him. There is NOTHING. It all rests on His loving nature, His grace balanced with truth and His mercy balanced with His justice. I know what pain feels like. I know I needed people in my own journey who had gone ahead of me to give me hope. It is my desire to do the same for others in honor of Jesus who gave Himself that I could live with peace in a state of grace having been forgiven--not because I am worthy--but because HE is worthy.