Veronica Perez-Thayer, AMFT
I’m a registered associate marriage and family therapist who enjoys working with culturally diverse individuals and couples. Seeking therapy is a courageous act and the work that unfolds can be positively transformational. I enjoy the process of connecting with people in a safe, non-judgmental, and honest space, and supporting their journey of discovering their personal power, needs, and relationship aspirations.
Here are 5 things about me to help you get to know me better:
1. My path into the mental health profession was inspired by my own personal challenges in life both as an individual as well as in my family and romantic relationships. It was through struggle and loss that I recognized the deep importance of emotional well-being and a supportive, caring network of loved ones. I became determined to understand the nature of the individual self as well as relationships (especially couplehood) so I may create a life that I desired, and, help others on their journey to do the same.
2. I see the world as one large web of intertwined relationships. Life can be complex with the demands of every day life, periods of transition or adjustment, and society’s (as well as family’s) expectations of us in all our various roles. Sometimes life can feel very overwhelming! When our relationships are in jeopardy, we may feel isolated, anxious, angry, sad, or confused. You may desire the relief of support from your loved one(s) however conflict or challenge has gotten in the way. In my work I help my clients acknowledge the complexity of their lives and relationships as well as identify where they may find strength, hope, and relief.
3. Couples come in many forms, shaped by their own unique experiences, families of origin, and cultural values. Honoring diversity and being conscious of the many layers of a person’s life that may impact the couple dynamic is an important part of therapy to me. I seek to create a warm, welcoming, and nonjudgmental space for my clients, and enjoy using authenticity, hope, empathy, and creativity as we collaborate together to identify the relationship’s strengths and goals. I welcome anyone regardless of their age, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, class, or ability. My overall goal is to help couples develop the necessary skills to create healthy and satisfying relationships according to their own unique beliefs and values. Therapy is not one-size-fits-all.
4. I recognize the vulnerability that may be a large part of therapy for people. I’m honored that others share time and space with me to reveal their most vulnerable insecurities and concerns. I am very mindful to meet people with patience, acceptance, and sensitivity. Many people I’ve worked with are surprised to find that they have many strengths, capabilities, and ideas that help lead them to what they desire. This realization can be very empowering and inspiring in the therapeutic process. I like to say that my client(s) are in the driver’s seat and I am the passenger who may help with navigation through the twists and turns in the road.
5. On a more personal note, I love reading and visiting bookstores, gardening, anthropology, hiking, creating art, watching horror movies, and traveling to places where I can reconnect to nature and solitude. However, what I love most is spending time with my wonderful husband and our beloved dog, 2 cats, and 2 guinea pigs.
Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, #103092: Registered to practice psychotherapy in California
Supervised by Megan Negendank, LMFT #93259
M.A., Marital and Family Therapy: Alliant International University (Sacramento & Los Angeles)
B.A., Anthropology: Oregon State University
B.A., Ethnic Studies with minor in Chicano Studies: California State University, Sacramento