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.