I have been working in the mental health field for 30 years. I have been a licensed psychotherapist for 22 years after graduating with a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California. My passion for working with people and extensive experience allows me to offer a comprehensive and integrated approach to my clients. I apply strong clinical skills, utilize a direct compassionate style and guide people to find solution oriented goals, obtain healing and transform.
Early in my career I worked with the street youth of Hollywood, children and adult survivors of physical/sexual abuse, and people suffering from severe psychiatric disorders. I was a member of the trauma team at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles as a trauma specialist and supervisor for 14 years. During my earlier years as a psychotherapist in private practice, I also worked in both inpatient/outpatient psychiatric settings at several renowned hospitals in the Los Angeles Area. I completed a fellowship in individual and couples therapy at the Department of Psychiatry at Kaiser Permanente in Hollywood. In recent years, I worked as a primary therapist and as the Clinical Director at a treatment center that specializes in the LGBTQIA+ community. During the Covid pandemic while continuing my private practice, I have provided online groups for individuals struggling with anxiety, grief/loss and isolation.
Along with a traditional psychology foundation, which includes training in psychodynamic theory, family systems and object relations, I am also experienced in utilizing attachment theory, trauma informed therapy, somatic work and depth psychology.
I am a student of various psycho-spiritual practices including Buddhism, Sacred Therapy, Transformational Work and Meditation. My certifications include: Mediator through Mosten Mediation Training, Collaborative Divorce Coach and Brainspotting. I have completed Level 2 training in EMDR.