I believe that every page of a person's life has special meaning and depicts an ever evolving story. I look at each client as a whole to see not only where the problems lie, but also where the strengths and unique passions lie. It is only by looking at the whole person, past and present, that I can begin to understand how to help them make more positive choices and how to guide them toward achieving a fulfilled and happy life. I offer a safe space where individuals, couples, and families are encouraged to identify and connect with themselves, those whom they care for, and their environment.
In my private practice, I focus primarily on evidence based techniques that allow for quicker results than some other therapeutic styles. Specifically, I blend a family systems approach with the cognitive behavioral work of David Burns (CBT) and the Dialectical Behavioral work of Marsha Linehan (DBT). I value client feedback at every stage of therapy and welcome your comments on what is working and what is not.
I hold a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Duke University and a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University. My licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist was issued and is maintained through the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. I am also a participating member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and of the Women's Association for Addiction Treatment.
I have lived in sunny California since 2005 and prior to that spent my life in various cities on the east coast. My clinical background has been primarily in the treatment of chemical dependency and trauma as well as in the treatment of adolescents, young adults, and families. However, I also have a great deal of experience working with adults struggling with stage of life transitions, mood disorders such as depression and anxiety, and individuals with challenges in their relationships.
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