Substance abuse and addictions
Food and body image issues
College related anxiety
Difficulties adjusting to independence /
Transition to adulthood
I am a licensed marriage and family therapist who has worked in the field of psychotherapy since 2002. I received a BA in Psychology from the University of San Francisco in 1999 and an MS in Educational Psychology with an emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy from California State University at Long Beach in 2003. My private practice office is in West Los Angeles where I specialize in the treatment of trauma and resilience, as well as resilience in recovery from addictive behaviors, food and body image issues and stage of life transitions. I see clients ages 13 and older, individuals, families and couples.
I have specialized training in the areas of adolescent and adult substance abuse, addictive disorders, and sexual assault. Currently, I am working on certification in the Trauma Resiliency Model, a somatic based trauma treatment that helps clients connect with their bodies in order to recognize distress versus wellness in their bodies and reprocess trauma. This model allows for clients to learn about how to manage their own nervous systems a
I also use Brainspotting, a unique and effective technique for reprocessing trauma held in the body. I like to incorporate options for healing through the use of yoga and movement, art and a variety of other modalities to encourage wholistic healing and various expressions.
With all of the modalities utilized in therapy the most important part of the healing is in the relationship between therapist and client. It is important to feel seen and heard. In order for the healing to occur the client must feel that the person sitting across from them has a warm positive regard for them, understands their feelings and is not judging them. It can be hard to talk about our struggles and share them with another and the courage it takes to do this may be what changes your life.