No one has the perfect childhood. Even if you come from a family that’s intact and loving, life presents crises and challenges when you least expect them. It may be the loss of a loved one, difficulty forming or maintaining relationships, frustrations around a job or reaching a life goal.
My approach to therapy I have helped clients explore their thoughts and feelings and uncover the patterns and behaviors that have shaped their lives. I believe we can change our perceptions and feelings about the past – no matter how disturbing – so that difficult events become just another thread in our overall life tapestry. Once we do that, we can find more joy in the present and face the future with a more positive attitude.
People can grow and change at any age. Transitions – no matter how large or small – can be an opportunity for deeper work that leads to a fuller and more satisfying life.
My therapeutic style is calm, deeply caring, and respectful of each person's unique goals, struggles, and strengths. I practice insight-oriented depth therapy, which means I help you gain awareness of your internal and external obstacles in order to promote deep and lasting changes in your life. I also provide the practical tools you need to express yourself fully and to communicate and get along with the people in your life. I draw from multiple schools of therapy including psychodynamic, existential, family systems, attachment theory, and interpersonal neurobiology.
Brainspotting Like most therapists, I use traditional talk therapy, but recently have begun to incorporate a newer mind-body therapy called Brainspotting. This modality can help clients move through their issues faster and more effectively.
Areas of focus In my practice, I specialize in depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, parents of special needs children, difficult relationships, postpartum depression and emotionally disturbing experiences. I have also completed a specialized maternal mental health training in assessing, diagnosing and treating perinatal mood and anxiety disorders through Postpartum Support International.
Education and training I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I obtained my Bachelor's degree in English Literature from Columbia University in New York City and my Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from Phillips Graduate University in Los Angeles.
Professional Affiliations I am an active member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and Postpartum Support International. I also participate in a professional peer consultation group on a regular basis. I look forward to connecting with you.