I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and I work with couples, families, adult individuals and especially, children both individually and in groups.
In addition to private practice, I am in my 10th year working at The Cheerful Helpers Child and Family Study Center.
I have extensive experience with parents and their children who face challenges and express their struggle with aggression or withdrawal that may surface due to anxiety, depression, ADHD, learning differences, neurological diagnoses such as autism, and subtle brain injuries due to early trauma or/and in-utero exposure to toxins.
I graduated with an MA from Pacific Oaks College and my approach with both adults and children is informed by my training in the Neurorelational Framework, Psychodynamic Theories, Feldenkrais, RIE, and The Violet Oaklander Technique. Currently I am a candidate at the Psychoanalytic Center of California in their Adult Psychoanalysis Core Training Program and last year received a certification for the one-year child focused program.
I have a BFA Degree from Ithaca College. Many decades of studying and performing, and dedication to the arts, have provided me a deep knowledge of body and voice, improvisation, listening, observation, attunement, and the exploration and comfortability with high affective emotional states.
A previous passion for working with children reawakened after having my own. I'm also interested in working with adults and offering support during life transitions and times of hopelessness and overwhelm. In Los Angeles we live in a culture full of opportunities, but at times the impact of urban stressors, competition, ambition and the multitude of options here can negatively impact the psyche and body triggering frustrating blocks and stress.
We heal best in the presence of others. I am dedicated to that opportunity and deeply dedicated to the therapeutic process.