"MY MISSION IN LIFE IS NOT MERELY TO SURVIVE, BUT TO THRIVE."

MAYA ANGELOU

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ABOUT ME

APPROACH

I create a safe environment in which you can rediscover, connect with, and actualize your true self.  So often pain, trauma, and adversity require us to adapt to survive.  We begin masking our true selves and coping in ways that were necessary then but no longer serve us now.  When we remain disconnected from our true selves and rely upon past survival mechanisms, problems arise in the present. 

 

Whether it be anxiety or depression, feeling unfulfilled and disconnected, or engaging in unhealthy behaviors or relationship patterns, I provide the safe and non-judgmental space in which you can access your internal compass, reclaim your true self, chart your own course, and fulfill your true potential.  So often life becomes about hanging on and weathering whatever storm comes next.  My goal is for you to do more than survive.  I want you to thrive.

I have experience working with individuals, couples, families, teens, and groups. I practice from psychodynamic, humanistic, and attachment-based orientations and utilize a trauma- and neurologically-informed approach. I also integrate Internal Family Systems Therapy, Gottman Method Couples Therapy, the Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy, and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing.  

EDUCATION
  • Pepperdine University, M.A. Clinical Psychology (2011)

  • Harvard Law School, J.D. (1998)

  • Smith College, B.A. English Literature & Language (1994)

PROFESSIONAL TRAINING
  • Internal Family Systems (IFS) Levels 1 & 2 Trainings (2021, 2022) 

  • Psychobiological Approach to Couple Therapy (PACT) Levels 1 & 2 Trainings (2018, 2019)

  • Gottman Method Couples Therapy Levels 1 & 2 Trainings (2018, 2021)

  • Treating Affairs & Trauma, Gottman Method Couples Therapy Training (2021)

  • EMDR Basic Trainings, Weekends One & Two (2021, 2022)

  • Intensive Trauma Treatment Certification Workshop: EMDR, CBT & Somatic-Based Interventions to Move Clients from Surviving to Thriving (2021)

  • Anxiety Certification Course (2021)

  • Depression & Mood Disorder Certification Training: New Assessment & Treatment Techniques for Lasting Recovery (2021)

  • Certified Addictions-Informed Mental Health Professional Intensive Competency Training (2021)

  • Certified Anger Management Treatment Professional: Certification Course (2021) 

PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATIONS
  • Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) (2021) 

  • Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional (CCATP) (2021)

  • Certified Depression & Mood Disorder Treatment Professional (CDMDTP) (2021)

  • Certified Addictions-Informed Mental Health Professional (CAIMHP) (2021) 

  • Certified Specialist in Anger Management (CSAM) (2021) 

CONTACT ME

 

I generally respond to messages within 24 hours on weekdays and 48 hours on weekends. 

PHONE

424.241.2650

ADDRESS

P.O. Box 392

Manhattan Beach, CA 90267

E-MAIL

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