Therapeutic Approach: Life in Southern California can be a wonderful thing – a vibrant metropolis with beautiful weather. For many of us, however, balancing the competing demands of work, school, family and friends seems to become more difficult every year. Our setbacks leave us more depleted, and even our successes may lead to unwanted complications.
As a therapist, I use a variety of research-based techniques to help people manage stress, decrease anxiety and depression, and increase productivity and well-being. Because each person responds to stress in his or her own way, my approach builds on clients’ unique skills and talents – things they already know how to do – while adding techniques to reduce symptoms and increase healthy coping. I take a compassionate approach to help people examine their inner experience and life circumstances, to increase their capacity to tolerate difficult emotions, and to make positive behavior changes in the service of their values and goals. As a professional developer of psychological and educational tests, I understand the importance of reliable, valid assessment instruments. Objective testing helps identify the spectrum of issues early in the treatment process. My background in the development and clinical use of these instruments allows my clients to gain a better understanding of their unique strengths and weaknesses.
Background: I trained as a clinical scientist at the State University of New York where I earned an M.S. and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. I received extensive training in cognitive-behavioral therapy in my university clinic, the state psychiatric hospital system, an adolescent residential treatment facility, and an outpatient substance abuse program. I completed my training with a pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship at the Long Beach Veterans Affairs Medical Center.