About Me

   I am an active and engaged therapist. I provide a supportive, warm and non-judgemental place in which to explore vulnerable and sometimes painful feelings, thoughts and behaviors.

 

   I work relationally. While the focus and attention is solely on you, I may, at times, share my reactions, thoughts and feelings with you so that we can explore relational patterns that may be getting played out in our therapeutic relationship.

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

Some of which include;

 

  • Awareness and Mindfulness Practices

  • Cognitive Behavioral Tools

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

  • Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples and Individuals

  • IMAGO Relationship Therapy

  • Relational Gestalt

  • Focusing

  • Attachment Theory

  • Humanistic Theory

 

  In addition to my clinical work, I also supervise and am a consultant to other therapists, and am 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