- Stress, Anxiety and Depression
- Abuse, Trauma and Domestic Violence
- Coping with Chronic Pain and Medical Illness
Experience and Credentials
- Licensed Clinical Psychologist (PSY 16465) and Registered Nurse
- PhD in Clinical Psychology (CSPP 1996)
- BS in Nursing (CSULA 1986)
- 20 years of experience providing individual, couples and family therapy
- Trained in dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), CBT and Mindfulness
- Neuropsychology Fellowship (Harbor-UCLA 2008)
- Psychological and Neuropsychological Testing for Adults
- Professional experiences include teaching, supervision, research, and Crisis Intervention
- Nursing experience: inpatient psychiatric and addiction programs, and geriatrics
Regardless of how much pain and struggle you have encountered, I truly believe that therapy is a path for healing, personal growth and living a happier life. Over my years of experience in this field, I have developed a collaborative approach to therapy which begins by establishing a trusting and respectful relationship with my clients. As needed, I offer practical solutions, as well as insights about personal concerns. I draw from several major theoretical orientations, particularly cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and mindfulness techniques. These approaches have been shown to be highly effective with many issues. I am also trained in psychodynamic therapy which can be helpful in understanding how early relationships impact current life and relationship patterns.
Although I have experience working with clients presenting with many challenging issues, I see therapy as an experience that anyone can be of benefit to anyone seeking to live a more satisfying life. Therapy is means to increase self awareness, which usually results in more self confidence, more effective communication and more success in personal and professional relationships.
I currently work with adults, adolescents, couples and families. To accommodate my clients, daytime, evening and weekend hours are available. I am available by phone any day of the week.