Deciding to pursue therapy is a big step –it means you have decided to put your needs in the forefront and are seeking answers—that’s courageous and together we can sort through what lead you to where you are today.
Outside of private practice I have worked within diverse and multiple milieus including governmental agencies: Family Court as a mediator/emergency screener conducting forensic investigative work and serving as an expert witness, counseling at addiction treatment centers and serving as a child therapist working with adults, children and families, providing Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), childhood socialization training and providing parents with positive parenting strategies, among other work experience in the field.
I have experience supervising and conducting investigations for Mental Health Court, in which I would conduct assessments, compose Court reports detailing needs of the seriously mentally ill and provided crisis intervention within correctional facilities. I am a trained group therapist, mental health first responder and have specialized training in The Neurosequential Model (NMT) developed by Dr. Bruce Perry– and utilizing this approach to working with individuals who have experienced trauma and multiple adverse childhood events. I have received training and certification to provide sex offender treatment and have run several groups to assist individuals manage disorders leading to intrusive thoughts and maladaptive behaviors.
I grew up in the Bay Area and went to school in Southern California. I graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a major in psychology and minor in education studies, where some of my greatest college experiences were serving as a writer for the Daily Bruin newspaper, conducting research re: childhood education learning pedagogies and poring over studies of the outcome of mothers with schizophrenia and their children. I received my Master’s degree in clinical psychology, with an emphasis in marriage and family therapy from Pepperdine University. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with my husband, son and extended family—cheering on Bay Area sports teams, shooting hoops and visiting the beautiful natural sights of California.