About Me

   I am an active and engaged therapist. I strive to provide a supportive, warm and accepting environment in which to explore vulnerable and sometimes confusing, painful feelings, thoughts and behaviors. Together we can make sense of how it is that you are the way you are. And believe me, it will make sense. By making sense together, acceptance and self compassion can grow. I describe my work as experiential and practical. There are skills and practices that make being alive easier and more fulfilling.

I know from personal experience the pain of anxiety, depression, feeling subject to relentless inner critics and disasterous relationships! I truly trust in the process of therapy to decrease suffering as it has for me personally as well as for my clients.

  

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   I utilize a variety of theories and modalities catered to each therapeutic relationship.

Some of which include;

 

  • Awareness and Mindfulness Practices

  • Hakomi; mindful, somatic psychotherapy

  • Emotionally Focused Therapy 

  • IMAGO Relationship Therapy

  • Relational Gestalt

  • Inner Relationship Focusing

  • Attachment Theory

 

  In addition to my clinical work, I also supervise and am a consultant to other therapists, and have been a Professor of Couples Counseling, Communications Skills and Human Sexuality to graduate and undergraduate students. I am on the faculty of the Pacific Gestalt Institute.

Professional Training, Memberships and Appointments:

Education

  • BA San Francisco State University, 1997

  • MA in Clinical Psychology, Antioch University, 2007

 

 License & Certifications 

  • 1st year trainee in Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP)

  • California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, #52683

  • Advance training in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT)

  • Extensive experience and training in IMAGO Relationship Therapy

  • Advanced training in Relational Therapy at the Pacific Gestalt Institute

  • Couples and Family Training Program at the Southern California Counseling Center

  • The Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies, 1st year training

  • Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis, extension program

 

Professional Activities and Membership

  • Adjunct Psychology Professor, Mt. St. Mary's College, Human Sexuality and Communication Skills

  • Member of the International Center for Excellence in Emotionally Focussed Couples Therapy (ICEEFT)

  • Member of the Los Angeles Center for Emotionally Focussed Therapy (LA-CEFT)

  • Member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)

  • Member of the Pacific Gestalt Institute