Individuals, Couples, Families
I am a licensed marriage and family therapist providing psychotherapy to clients who suffer from many life challenges including depression, anxiety, trauma and substance abuse. My clients are adults, adolescents, families, and couples. I work with clients collaboratively, focusing on an individualized approach best suited to each to achieve a better understanding of themselves.
My goal is to help clients strengthen their resilience as well as find renewed confidence in and pleasure from their most meaningful relationships. In working with families and couples, our joint focus is to enhance communication, trust and openness. With individuals, many who suffer from extreme anxiety or feelings of despondence, we work together to explore, manage and resolve what interferes with their sense of hope for the future.
Because of my own personal experience, I am particularly excited about the work I do helping those impacted by adoption and infertility – whether they are adoptive or biological parents, parents struggling with the challenges of creating a family, or adolescents grappling with their own identity. As the parent of two grown daughters, one adopted and one biologic, I know there can be complex feelings that arise out of issues surrounding the many ways to make and raise a family.
I completed my MA in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy at Pepperdine University. Before starting in private practice, I worked at the Southern California Counseling Center where I received additional training in individual and family counseling and provided therapy to clients suffering from a wide variety of emotional disorders. I have provided training on adoption to mental health professionals, lead support groups for parents, as well as groups for family members experiencing difficulties communicating with a loved one suffering from serious emotional challenges. I have a law degree from George Washington University, and practiced law for many years in Los Angeles before returning to graduate school to pursue my Masters.