My greatest strength as a therapist is my capacity for empathy and unconditional positive regard. I am validating, supportive, accepting and nonjudgmental towards all my clients, regardless of who they are or why they are seeking treatment. As a result my clients trust me, and they know I genuinely want them to be successful in whatever goals we are working towards. As I mention in My Education, Experience, Training, and Specialties, I believe I have the ability to successfully treat many different client populations, issues, and diagnoses.
My current practice includes individual adults struggling with issues ranging from posttraumatic stress to depression, as well as couples trying to overcome marital problems and various other life stressors. In my work with couples, I draw from the work of Drs. John and Julie Gottman, as well as Gary Chapman. With individual adults I utilize cognitive-behavioral theories and techniques, and I draw from the work of Carl Rogers ("client-centered therapy," which involves empathy, reflection, and unconditional positive regard).
In addition to adults and couples, I am currently treating children, adolescents, and their families. In my work with this population, I continue to utilize theories and techniques from Carl Rogers, and also those of Salvador Minuchin ("structural family therapy," which involves re-aligning families so they can function optimally). I am also skilled in play and art therapy, as well as sandtray.
She was kind and respectful and very professional. I am glad to be working with her.
I attended a large public high school in Los Angeles and then matriculated at the University of Oregon. I graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biological Psychology, a secondary concentration in pre-medical curriculum, and a minor in Chemistry. I attended the medical school program at USC's Keck School of Medicine for just one year before deciding to switch career paths and enroll in the Master's program at Pepperdine University's Graduate School of Education and Psychology, where I earned a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Psychology. After completing school I spent several years working to accumulate the 3000+ hours of supervised clinical fieldwork required by the State of California to become eligible for the two licensing exams. Finally in October of 2008 I proudly passed the two board exams and became licensed to practice Marriage and Family Therapy in the State of California (for more information please click here: Who Are Licensed MFTs?).
I have over 10 years of experience providing mental health services to adults, adolescents, children, couples, and families. I have worked in many different treatment settings and levels of care including outpatient clinics, clients' homes, schools, group homes, residential facilities, partial hospitalization programs, emergency rooms, and psychiatric hospitals.
As a post-graduate I have participated in numerous hours of clinical training and continued education coursework, with a preference for topics such as family therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), childhood abuse, play therapy and sand tray, self-injuring and suicidality, and crisis intervention.
Several years ago I completed the coursework and training required to practice the evidence-based practice (EBP)"Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT)" as well as the EBP "Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)." Please feel free to click on the preceding hyperlinks if you'd like to know more about these two extremely effective treatment modalities, or just about EBPs in general.
In closing, given my diverse experience and training I believe I have a broad range of clinical specialties and I feel confident treating many different issues and diagnoses (for more information please click here: My Current Clients.
My fee is $150 per hour.
I am a contracted, in-network provider with the following health insurance plans and Employee Assistance Programs, or “EAPs” (as indicated):
If you would like to use your insurance plan or EAP to cover payment for services, please contact me to discuss your benefits.
I accept payment in the form of cash, personal checks, Health Saving Accounts (HSA) or Flexible Savings Accounts (FSA), and all major credit cards.