As a therapist, my style is collaborative and direct, and sometimes fun and humorous. I provide a lot of education to my clients about why they are suffering, using neurobiology as our guide. Research supports that when we understand why our brains and bodies are responding the way they are, we are better equipped and more empowered to take control of our experience.
I am relatable and authentic. I am here to share my expertise, knowledge and intuition while empowering my clients to view themselves as their own experts. With respect and compassion for your choices, I am here to support you through life’s challenges and guide you to change.
I use techniques with scientifically-proven effectiveness for relief, including: Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, EMDR, Pain Reprocessing Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Mindfulness-based approaches.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, I remember wanting to be a therapist from the time i found out that such a job existed. I have always been a “connector” with people and find meaningful relationships to be life’s greatest gifts.
I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, and Master in Social Work from the University of Southern California. I received my clinical training at Peace Over Violence, working with survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence and at the Los Angeles Department of Mental Health's Edmund D. Edelman Clinic, treating patients with severe and persistent mental illness.
After obtaining my Master in Social Work in 2009, I channeled my passions for social justice and mental health by providing therapy and clinical program oversight to the chronically mentally-ill, homeless population of Santa Monica at The People Concern (OPCC). During my seven years at OPCC I specialized in the treatment of trauma and co-occurring substance abuse and mental health disorders.
After becoming a mother, my clinical interests extended into maternal mental health. I facilitated Mommy-and-Me groups at A Mother’s Haven, offering a group curriculum that was both therapeutic and educational.
My training and experience continued in the private practice sector at Change Within Reach, David Plotkin & Associates and the Pain Psychology Center. I am happily married and have two wonderful children, a four year old girl and a six year old boy.