Therapeutic Approach: My therapeutic approach is psychodynamic and humanistic, and incorporates mindfulness practice and cognitive behavior therapy. In addition, much of my work is largely informed by another modality called ISTDP (Intensive ShortTerm Dynamic Psychotherapy). This is an accelerated approach that is quite precise, cutting directly to the site and origin of pain and suffering. It involves a body of techniques which allows character change to be accomplished within a shortterm format.
I have over 35 years of counseling experience within multiple settings, such as hospitals, clinics, and private practices. I have also worked in a family service agency, an office of migration, a refugee resettlement camp, a university setting, and for the military; throughout the United States, Asia and Latin America. These rich and diverse experiences have provided me with the ability to address a wide range of crosscultural issues and conflicts, as well as the emotional difficulties that transcend geographic borders and affect all of us as human beings.
I work with adults, young to mature, as well as with couples and adolescents. I deal with problems related to depression, anxiety, trauma, identity, transition, abuse and grief/ loss. In addition, I can work with those who are experiencing interpersonal difficulties and crosscultural conflicts as they relate to mixed marriages and third culture kids/global nomads. I also speak Spanish, and would be honored to accompany you on your journey towards health, growth, and peace.
Background: I earned my Ph.D. in Behavioral Health from the International University for Graduate Studies, and my Masters in Social work from the University of Maryland.