Norma Contreras, MA, AMFT
Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist 128216
Norma Contreras (she, her, ella) is a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist in California. She has over 3 years of experience providing clinical therapy. She utilizes an evolutionary psychology perspective to lessen feelings of shame & guilt. She identifies as a heterosexual, cisgender female of Latina descent/Chicana. Also, She is a trauma-informed LGBTQIA+ affirming therapist.
Therapy can be daunting, especially if it's your first time which is why she prioritizes establishing a creative, warm, & nonjudgmental space for you to voice your deepest woes, secrets, & worries. Her approach is genuine and compassionate, with gentle challenging when necessary. She wants to work with you on what you deem needs attention, because you are the expert of yourself - She helps you find the words to verbalize your true inner self.
She utilizes a variety of techniques to help you reach your goals, including the most well-known modality Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), though she recognizes that CBT is not a "one size fits all". All of her clients are unique, therefore she tailors her approach based on their clients' needs using Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).
Perhaps you have sought therapy because you find yourself at a crossroads, grappling with confusion, or feeling adrift in the turbulent sea of life. None of us were provided with a manual on how to navigate existence; we were simply born into this world and expected to figure it out without a roadmap. We often develop distorted notions of how things "should" be and how we "should" be, yet there is no clear path towards achieving these ideals. She empathizes with your journey, and aim is to assist you in charting a course through the storms of life, transcending societal expectations ("shoulds"), and embracing the possibilities of "I want to."
She is looking forward to working with you