Helping on the path towards personal growth
"In my early professional years I was asking the question: How can I treat, or cure, or change this person? Now I would phrase the question in this way: How can I provide a relationship which this person may use for his own personal growth?"
~ Carl Rogers, Psychologist
Joshua Soto, Marriage and Family Therapist Intern
Supervised and Employed by Dr. Renee Miller, PsyD, MFC 43207 Inc.
18021 Sky Park Circle, Suite E2
Irvine, Ca 92614
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Purpose of My Work
I like working with children, teens, and young adults because I know from my own experience and the experience of people around me that growing up isn’t always easy. I think as kids get older life gets more challenging and sometimes they need assistance to work through some really hard issues. There are some kids who may be going through a major change at home with their parents splitting up, a death in the family, or conflict between them and their parents. There are other kids out there with low self-esteem who feel like they don’t fit in at school, and may be getting bullied. Things can get better!
I find it both personally and professionally rewarding in being able to listen to what people have to say, and connect with them in feeling understood. Therapy is about supporting growth in a positive direction is that can make a big difference in someone’s life.
- Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern
- Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology
- Education in child and adolescent development
- Experience providing school based counseling (K-6) and also working in adolescent programs (12-17yrs old)
- Training in trauma and grief
- Training in Play Therapy with children and experiential work with adolescents.
Thoughts from Josh
"Being a teen is a big part of our life that we always remember.
It's a time where we really begin to know ourselves and gain a sense of who we want to be on the road to young adulthood. It’s important for parents to understand their teen’s moods, choices, and actions rather than react to it.
So many parents find their teen confusing, and at times even frustrating. I assist parents in looking at what’s going on in their child’s mind and emotional being as they grow into adults. I believe that understanding gives way to patience and connection. Whatever obstacles there are on the road ahead is the discovery that each challenge can become an opportunity for growth in life.” ~ Joshua Soto, M.A., IMF