I work with adults, adolescents, couples and families to help them deal with difficulties in their relationships and in their personal lives. I am a licensed Clinical Psychologist, and trained at such institutions as Children's Hospital, the Maple Counseling Center, and the Wright Institute, Los Angeles. I received my BA from Washington University in St. Louis, and my M.A. and doctorate in Psychology (Psy.D) from the California School of Professional Psychology. I have been helping couples and individuals improve their lives through therapy for over 15 years.
I am continually inspired by the resilience and complexity of the people with whom I work. When people feel overwhelmed and defeated by anxiety, trauma, depression or relationship or substance abuse issues, it can be a critical juncture for growth and recovery. Through the safety of the therapeutic alliance, I help people overcome old patterns and beliefs and choose new and empowering options. As people revisit the past in the context of the relationships and issues that are important to them in the present, powerful similarities and patterns often emerge. By recognizing and safely re-experiencing these patterns in therapy, and by exploring how these patterns drive our current responses to people and events, the road to personal healing and growth unfolds and positive change becomes possible. A new world free from old patterns can open up for people as new choices become available to them. As people embrace buried parts of themselves, they can heal unempowered parts of themselves, building a stronger sense of self which fosters growth.