Therapeutic Approach: People often seek therapy when they find that their problems exceed their current methods of coping, which can lead to frustration, depression, anxiety, and isolation. While some may perceive therapy as a last resort after struggling with such difficulties, I see it as a way to learn new ways to solve problems and as a courageous step to making improvements in one’s life. As a therapist, I focus on building an empathic and collaborative connection with my clients. I believe that our early relationships with others have a significant influence our self-perception and ways of relating with others. However, while we are influenced by our past, it does not define us. Therapy can help people work through difficult and painful experiences and form new perceptions and relationships in a safe and supportive environment.
Background: My clinical work spans a diverse range of client issues including: mood and anxiety disorders, substance abuse, relationship problems, body image and eating problems, chronic mental illness, issues related to sexuality, and adult children of alcoholics. My therapeutic approach is based on an integration of psychodynamic therapy and mindfulness practices. I received my Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, with a concentration in Diversity from Phillips Graduate Institute, my Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University, and my Bachelor’s in Psychology from San Francisco State University, with a minor in Human Sexuality Studies. I have worked with adults, older adults and adolescents and have conducted therapy and assessments in various settings including outpatient, private practice, acute inpatient, and transitional-residential. I completed my pre-doctoral training at Gateways Hospital in Los Angeles and earned post-doctoral hours at West Valley Mental Health Center. I also teach Master’s and Doctoral level courses in psychology at Argosy University.