Choosing a therapist is an important decision. The relationship between client and therapist is one of the main predictors of a successful outcome. I want you to feel comfortable with your choice of therapist, and to that end, I am happy to share some information about myself with you.

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California. I have advanced degrees in Counseling Psychology, Cognitive Studies, and Business (Human Resources specialty). Additional training includes Gottman Couples Therapy, individual and collective trauma, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, treatment of Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors, hypnotherapy, and I pursue continuing education in my field on a regular basis. I value the ideas of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy, and I believe that our physiology and our psychology are linked in more ways than we realize.

I utilize mind-body techniques such as mindfulness, relaxation, guided visualization, and meditation, along with traditional psychotherapy. I have served as a Clinical Supervisor for interns in marriage and family therapy, social work, and clinical counseling, and I’m one of a limited number of licensed psychotherapists in California with training and experience in treating Body-Focused Repetitive Behaviors, such as trichotillomania and dermatillomania. In addition, you will find me listed as an “HSP-Knowledgeable Therapist” on Dr. Elaine Aron’s Highly Sensitive Person website. Other areas of special interest include anxiety disorders, trauma, chronic pain and illness, and compassion fatigue/vicarious trauma. My professional background includes experience working in private practice and acute care hospital settings with families, couples, children, adolescents, and adults.  I see clients via teletherapy, using a HIPAA-compliant video platform.  At this time, there are no in-person appointment options.

Professional Background

-Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #MFT50591
-Graduate: Trichotillomania Learning Center, Professional Training Institute
-Certified Clinical Trauma Professional – advanced training in individual and collective trauma
-Member at Large: California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists – San Diego Chapter 2009-2010
-Topic Expert – Health/Medical Issues and Body-Mind Psychotherapy 2010-2014
-Professional Member: Trichotillomania Learning Center
-Professional Member: California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
-Professional Member: Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy

“It is hard to imagine how therapy could yield successful outcomes if there were no sense of warmth, attachment, and care between clinician and client. If therapists cannot assume an interpersonal stance in which they resonate.”

– Diana Fosha