I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice, with over seventeen years of education and experience.

I received my undergraduate degree from the University of California Los Angeles and my master’s degree in counseling psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. My master’s thesis, The Bell Jar Retort, focused on original qualitative research examining and revisioning the myths of the tortured artist archetype and the connections between creativity, psychic sensitivity, and mental illness.

I am currently a senior candidate at the Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies
(LAISPS) where I recently completed four years of post-doctoral level coursework covering a wide breadth of analytic thought. My training at LAISPS included a year-long infant observation, supervised control cases, and my own analysis. At LAISPS I served as co-chair of the student society which focuses on mentoring young clinicians in the field who are interested in working from a depth approach. I was proud to be a founding member of the LAISPS Diversity Affairs Committee as I recognize the urgent need for outreach, inclusion, and reparations to non-majority groups in the psychoanalytic field as well as in the broader psychological community.

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 am attuned to the profound impact cultural and transgenerational trauma has on the psyche.

How I Work + What I Believe

While I tailor my approach to each client, my therapeutic orientation is rooted in an integrated depth psychology that draws from the wisdom of multiple contemporary psychoanalytic schools including object relations, relational and intersubjective systems theory, Jungian and Bionian metapsychology, attachment theory, and trauma-informed somatic modalities. 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.

Sometimes our pain is wordless. In the last decade the field of trauma therapy has evolved to provide greater relief from trauma through working with the body via “bottom up” approaches. I have studied multiple cutting edge, evidence-based trauma therapies including the intensive three-year training program to become certified as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP) through the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute (SETI).  After over a decade of teaching and practicing yoga and meditation I am well versed in mindfulness and embodied practices for emotional regulation and stress reduction. I may incorporate all these interventions exclusively or in combination given the presenting concern.

After decades of having the privilege to sit with psyches moving through dark nights of the soul I have come to recognize the need for the numinous that often lies at the heart of healing. I appreciate the power of locating oneself in a larger story beyond an individual arc or a too-narrow narrative. I believe each of us are much more than the sum of our symptoms and I have a deep faith in the beauty, resiliency, and potential of the true self.

Current Endeavors

Private Practice

Malibu + Telehealth Services in the State of California

Consultation for Families, Organizations, Media, & Clinical Professionals

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

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

International Association for Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP)

Member – Former Vice President, previous Education Chair

California Association for Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)

Member

International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD)

Member

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