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 Somatic Experience, Gestalt, Positive Psychology, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution-focused, Psychodynamic, and Narrative modalities.  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 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; 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!