Tiffany Thomas-Torres, M.A., LMFT
I think it's helpful for potential clients to know a little about their therapist so they can know if this is a person they can connect with. I feel like I wear a variety of hats - Therapist, Christian, Artist, Wife, Costumer, Supervisor, Cat Mom, Writer, Business Owner, Friend. I've always seen myself as a creative person, and I feel that really benefits me in a variety of settings, including using an out-of-box thinking in my practice.
I enjoy reading, drawing, painting, and sewing in my free time. I'm a self-labeled 'geek' and have a fine appreciation for fandoms such as Star Wars, Star Trek, Dr. Who, Harry Potter, Disney, and the anime Sailor Moon. Yes, I even attend comic and anime conventions! Being in touch with pop culture is not only fun for me, but often helps me connect easier with my younger clients (and a few of the older ones).
Like the clients I serve, I've also battled with depression and anxiety. I've been there, in your shoes, so I know what it feels like. My experience with this allows me to know which direction to take to be able to offer you hope and healing. I've also struggled for a long time with self-esteem, but have found ways to gain strength and self-love to battle this. If this is something you struggle with, as many people do in our emphasis-on-perfection world, I would be happy to show you what I've done to create my own self-worth. Continue on down the page to read about the history of Detective For The Mind, or if you feel you're ready to share your story with me, please navigate to my Contact page and send me an email to get an appointment for therapy services set up.
The History of 'Detective For The Mind'
I have always had a passion for mysteries, and early in my educational career I decided to major in criminal justice and become a detective. After checking into it further, I had a realization that police detective work was not the right path for me. As I pondered where I should take my life, I thought about the strengths I have, and how much I enjoy helping others, along with how much I like working with children. I said to myself, "I may not be able to be a detective for the police, but I can be a detective for the mind!" I felt I would do well as a children’s mental health therapist, so I changed my major to psychology. I finished my BA in Psychology at U.C. Riverside, and went on to achieve my Master of Arts in Psychology at Chapman University.
Although I started out as pursuing a career just working with children, I have also found I enjoy working with adults who struggle with anxiety, depression, or may be dealing with trauma.
I have been practicing for over a decade now, and I can’t imagine a better career. Helping both children and adults find hope and healing is very fulfilling. I look forward to working with you to do the same thing.
Education and Work Experience
University of California, Riverside - Bachelor of Arts in Psychology - 2004
Chapman University - Master of Arts in Psychology with an emphasis
in Marriage and Family Therapy - 2008
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist - California - since 2013
Clinical Supervisor - California - since 2016
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists - Member in good standing