Improved Quality of Life-Focused Therapy
Savarra is a Registered Associate Clinical Social Worker with the State of California. She is supervised by Dr. Thomas Lucking. Her therapeutic approach is based on evidence-informed practices supported by research. Her overarching therapy goal is to enhance the quality of life (QOL) of her clients. She is dedicated to helping her clients improve their psychological, physical, and social well-being.
Supportive Therapeutic Approach
Savarra provides a safe space to openly communicate past traumatic experiences and work toward recovery. She also works with clients in processing their day-to-day life experiences. Savarra works with clients to increase their self-efficacy, or belief in their capabilities to affect change in their personal and professional lives. Savarra helps clients achieve mastery experiences in working toward personal goals through narrative therapy and emotion regulation skill development. She believes in client empowerment and works with clients to help them achieve confidence in improving their well-being through self-regulation and social skill building.
“In order to succeed, people need a sense of self-efficacy, to struggle together with resilience to meet the inevitable obstacles and inequalities of life.” ~~Albert Bandura
What is trauma? Using SAMHSA’s (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) definition, individual trauma results from an event, series of events, or set of circumstances that is experienced by an individual as physically or emotionally harmful or life-threatening and that has lasting adverse effects on the individual’s functioning and mental, physical, social, emotional, or spiritual well-being.
Recognizing trauma is key to recovery. Savarra helps her clients recognize trauma through screening and assessment. She aids in her clients’ recovery process by creating a therapeutic environment where they feel supported in gaining an understanding of experiences. She helps her clients move forward in the recovery process through the development of skills that empower them to have self-efficacy in decision-making processes.
- Assessments and diagnosis
- Trauma screening
- Research-informed intervention strategies
- Client-centered approaches to treatment
- Substance use
- Sexual abuse
- Interpersonal violence
- Goal setting/achievement
- Professional development
Practice Guiding Theories
- Social Cognitive Theory – Albert Bandura
- Self-Determination Theory – Ryan and Deci
- Hope Theory – C. R. Snyder
Clients Modalities Locations
Clients: Adults, Couples, Families, Parents, Teens
Modalities: Empowerment Approach, Client/Person-Centered Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy)