Areas of Practice
Through play therapy techniques, my aim is to support and help your child find the tools that work best for them as they develop coping skills and learn new ways to express their emotions in a safe and healthy way. I work collaboratively with children and parents as we look at the connections between emotions, thoughts, behaviors, and life events.
As teens strive toward developing their sense of self they often move between extremes and struggle with freedoms and responsibilities. This is exhausting for parents and caregivers. My goal is to help develop character by bringing teens face to face with themselves as they confront the many challenges of adolescence. We work on fostering positive communication skills so that they can articulate hurts and disappointments when they occur rather than waiting for problems to build up and explode.
Grief and Loss
Grief is a normal response to loss and a universal experience. Death of a loved one is one of the most common ways we experience loss. Other significant life situations, such as change of job, relocation, or divorce, can also leave us feeling bereft. We will patiently work through the various stages of the bereavement process and transform grief into growth
Faith can play a significant role in healing. For those who wish to include spirituality as part of healing, I am familiar with many faith traditions and can incorporate these into your therapy.
Our interpretations and definitions of trauma are particular to our personal experience. This work is highly individualized. Together, we will approach how to best recover from past occurrences and move forward.
As a therapist, I believe it’s a privilege to be invited into the inner-most lives of my clients. Building a trusting relationship with my clients, where they feel comfortable sharing their lives with me, is the basis of my practice. I have 20 years of experience built on a combination of psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioral therapeutic approaches. These approaches are used to reveal and understand both what drives a behavior, and practical ways to change and improve behaviors and patterns of relationships that are not working well. I have dedicated many years to working with children, adolescents and their families. I believe that people are resilient and can learn to cope with the most difficult problems in life with the right tools and someone who understands their struggles and supports them through the changes.
Education and Training
I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and my Master’s in Social work from the University of Southern California. I began my training at Kaiser Permanente’s Department of Psychiatry, and was accepted into their Post-Master’s Fellowship Program which continued my training in Psychodynamic Therapy. I also hold a Certificate of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy from the Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies.
Certifications and Expertise
As a Clinical Social Worker working in a variety of mental health agencies throughout Los Angeles, I have trained in Trauma Treatment, including Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Seeking Safety, and Critical Incident Debriefing to assist clients with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. I have also been trained in Incredible Years and Nurturing Parenting, to help parents connect with their children while establishing the necessary limits children need.