I received my undergraduate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, and hold a Masters in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis in Depth Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. My published master’s thesis entitled: The Bell Jar Retort: Challenging the Tortured Artist Archetype (2011) featured qualitative research focusing on the treatment of creative individuals in psychotherapy, and explored the vulnerabilities and sensitivities of the artistic temperament. Working with creative individuals remains a specialty and passion within my practice.

I have worked in a wide array of clinical settings treating diverse populations throughout Los Angeles from homeless and at risk youth, to high profile executives and creative professionals. I was elected by my peers to serve as the Vice President for the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals ( IAEDP) in Los Angeles, and have completed extensive post graduate specialization training in trauma, eating disorders, and the early developmental ruptures that underlie an impaired capacity for connection to self and to others.

How I Work

While I tailor my approach to each client, my psychological interventions are rooted in contemporary psychodynamic and psychoanalytic practice, attachment theory, and trauma-informed somatic psychology. I am trained in Somatic Experiencing (SE) and Eye-Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR). I also integrate behavioral and evidence based approaches including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Mentalization Based Therapy ( MBT) as needed. After over a decade of teaching and practicing yoga and meditation I am well versed in mindfulness based approaches and stress management techniques for emotional regulation. I may incorporate all these interventions exclusively or in combination given the presenting concern.

I believe in treating the whole person, and hold firmly to the principle that one should never forget the unique humanity of a client through the over-valuation of any theory.

Current Endeavors

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Private Practice

Westwood, California

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Therapist and Eating Disorder specialist

The Camden Center

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Lecturer and Presenter on Integrated Treatment:

Depth and Somatic Approaches

Training & Certifications
Clinical Experience

Private Practice, Westwood, CA

Adult and Adolescent Psychotherapy specializing in complex trauma, eating disorders, mood disorders, creativity, and personal growth. In practice since 2011.

The Camden Center, CA

Therapist + Eating Disorder Specialist

Provide specialized eating disorder treatment, and primary psychotherapy for patients in Intensive Outpatient Setting treating dual diagnosis, trauma, psychotic disorders, and other primary mental health challenges.

PCH Treatment Center, CA

Group Therapist + Mindfulness Instructor

Facilitated yoga, mindfulness, and emotional regulation groups in residential treatment center for primary mental health treatment specializing in trauma, mood disorders, psychotic disorders, and personality disorders.

MySoberCoach | MyEDCoach, CA

Intensive case management, crisis intervention, and life skills building for high acuity clients transitioning out of residential treatment for dual diagnosis, eating disorders, and severe emotional dysregulation.

Didi Hirsch Community Mental Health | Los Angeles Suicide Prevention Center, CA

Suicide crisis line supervisor responsible for counseling and emergency intervention of high risk suicidal callers. Led training and supervision of hotline counselors for 5 years.

Transpersonal Counseling Center, CA

Individual therapy for adults with personality disorders, trauma, orthorexia, and spiritual bypass. Specialized training in transpersonal psychology alongside psychodynamic supervision.

Venice Family Clinic | Culver City Youth Health Center, CA

Individual psychodynamic therapy for depressed adolescents. Skill building and and mindfulness process groups for adolescents.

Open Paths, CA

Individual psychotherapy for traumatized children, adolescents and adults from a cognitive behavioral and family systems approach. Court mandated clients referred by Department of Child and Family Services.

Of One Mind, CA

Led yoga, mindfulness, emotional regulation, and self care groups for dual diagnosis Adolescents and Young adults in intensive outpatient program and transitional living setting.

New Village Charter School | St. Anne’s, CA

Created pilot wellness program for traumatized pregnant and parenting adolescents in transitional living and accompanying charter school. Designed curriculum to teach emotional regulation skills utilizing yoga and mind body practices, mindfulness, and group process. Program still in operation.

Yogis Anonymous, CA

In person and online yoga classes designed for specific mental health needs, including sequences for depression, anxiety, panic, and body image.

Professional Affiliations

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International Association for Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP)

Member – Former Vice President, previous Education Chair

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California Association for Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)

Member

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Women’s Association of Addiction Professionals (WAAT)

Member, Former Education Chair

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