Born and raised in San Luis Obispo, California, Victoria has a Bachelors degree in Counseling with certifications from UC Santa Barbara, specializing in addiction. She is certified for standards and training for corrections (STC).
Victoria has a private practice and over 15 years of experience working in the public school system and for correctional facilities of California.
Victoria is a certified experienced facilitator and trainer for the National Institute of Correction’s offender program Thinking For A Change: (T4C) is an integrated cognitive behavioral program for offenders. The T4C program is used in prisons, jails, community corrections, probation and parole supervision settings. Participants include adults and juveniles, males and females. Correctional agencies can consider T4C as one option in a continuum of interventions to address social and emotional needs of their offender populations. Many counties in California are considering the use of T4C as re-entry program for the AB109 “early release of non-violent offenders”.
Victoria also developed the Youth Tobacco & Marijuana Education – This is an alternative for the Penal Code 308 (b) violation.(Minors in possession of tobacco/marijuana and/or drug paraphernalia). This drug diversion program approach is educational rather than punitive for first time offenders.
Victoria is a certified Parent Project facilitator – The Parent Project Program curriculum teaches concrete prevention, identification and intervention strategies for the most destructive of adolescent behaviors (Poor school attendance and performance, alcohol and other drug use, gangs, run-a-ways and violent teens). The Parent Project is a parent training program specifically for parents of strong-willed or out of control teens.
She also offers quality Counseling- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) which is based on the idea that our thoughts cause our feelings and behaviors, not external things (people, situations and events). The benefit of this fact is that we can change the way we think and feel to improve our behavior, even if the situation does not change.
Registered Addiction Specialist (R.A.S.II)
805-610-8221 or 831-625-1240