I work with adults – individuals and couples – who struggle with depression, anxiety, behavioral and/or substance addictions, relationship problems, trauma, sexual abuse and incest, and LGBTQ issues. I strive to be compassionate and empathic and, at the same time, to challenge clients with fresh perspectives. Because every patient is unique, my approach is integrative, drawing on aspects of psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, family systems, existential, and humanistic thought, but my primary goal is to create a safe, non-judgmental environment in which you feel seen, heard, and understood.
I work with my patients to uncover defensive patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving, learned – often in childhood – as a natural and necessary means of avoiding what might otherwise have been intolerable psychic pain. I help patients gain insight into coping mechanisms that are no longer useful or necessary, and to discover new ways of being that enhance and improve their relationships with themselves and with the world.
I received my undergraduate degree at Stanford Unversity, and my doctorate at the California School of Professional Psychology. Internships at The L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center, The Sexual Recovery Institute, and The Saturday Center for Psychotherapy afforded me additional training. While working with individuals struggling with chronic and severe mental illness through the L.A. County Department of Mental Health, I also received training in Problem Solving Therapy, Crisis Oriented Recovery Services, and Seeking Safety therapy for substance abuse and PTSD.
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