I am a current psychoanalytic candidate at the Los Angeles Institute and Society for the study of Psychoanalysis. 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. I am a champion of treatment that considers mind, body, and the collective, and I am attuned to the profound impact cultural and transgenerational trauma has on the psyche. I believe each of us are much more than the sum of our symptoms. I have deep faith in the beauty and potential of the true self, and in our mind’s ability to seek integration and healing.
How I Work
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.