Values & Approach

An Integrated and Holistic approach to treatment is Optimal

I have a direct approach , and I work closely with my clients to help them identify their goals.  I believe in a collaborative therapeutic approach.  Because our mind and our body are intimately connected, I utilize an integrative approach to promote optimal well-being.  I have a unique method of bettering the lives of my clients which integrates Gestalt Therapy, Somatic Experiencing, and Positive Psychology.  Together we will work towards increasing your positive emotions, life satisfaction, and engagement, and in so doing we will better your life.

Holistic Therapy in Action

I have global experience helping people to improve the quality of their own lives.  My commitment to integrated wellness led me to journey to Ghana, Africa where I created and wrote a business plan for the first ever natural medicine college on the continent.  I have counseled individuals and groups all over the world including in Ghana, Jerusalem, New York City, Santa Cruz, Ojai, Los Angeles.

My experience and training includes:

Clinical Experience

  • Extensive experience working at a Community Mental Health Agency, as well as within private practice

  • Ran a domestic violence woman’s process group for mandated and non-mandated women

  • Led Community Counseling Certification groups for adults looking to expand their counseling skills and assist their respective communities

  • Los Angeles Unified School District high school therapist

  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction specialist at a rehabilitation clinic in Los Angeles

  • Co-facilitator of The Best Practice Parenting Group

  • Developed and lead self esteem workshops for teenage girls

  • Assisted former prison inmates on effective communication and career development

  • Speaking and writing engagements on various panels, on topics ranging from: Bipolar Disorder, Grief, Embodied Relational Communication, Integrated mental health

Training 

  • AACAST, American Association of Couples & Sex Therapist, Certified Couples & Sex Therapist

  • Completed two year training at The Pacific Gestalt Institute with a focus on in-depth relationality

  • Completed year long advanced training on working effectively with Couples & Families at The Southern California Counseling Center

  • Completed extensive trainings on working with couples using neuroscience and attachment theory

  • Accomplished year long specialized training on working successfully with Individuals

  • Certification in EMDR (Eye Motion Desensitization Reprocessing) I &II. EMDR is a cutting edge and highly effective treatment for all forms of trauma

  • Completed year long seminar on working with various types of trauma, including training in The Trauma Resiliency Model and Sensorimotor Psychotherapy.

  • Certification in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

  • Completed Pacific Gestalt Institute Summer intensive training

  • Continued commitment to ongoing learning and research; personal therapy, monthly consultation groups, and monthly continuing education trainings

 

I am a passionate and whole hearted Psychotherapist.  I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #83686.  I hold a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology, with an emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy from Antioch University.  My undergraduate degree is from The University of California at Santa Cruz where I double majored in Political Science & American Studies.  I specialize in Individual therapy, as well as Couples therapy.  My clients span all ages, from teenagers to older adults. I have vast experience working with diverse individuals, and I look forward to working with you!