Change and personal growth can be an emotional and challenging process… But can also be filled with excitement and discovery of opportunity and potential. Sometimes we may find ourselves participating in destructive behaviors and unhealthy relationships; losing ourselves in anxiety and depression; battling addiction and low self-esteem. My goal is to honor your experience and create a safe space through your journey of self-discovery. If dysfunctional behaviors and past hurts and trials are preventing you from feeling happiness and peace, it's time to begin the work. You don't have to do it alone.
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in individual and pre-marital/couple therapy, part of a private practice in Calabasas, CA. In addition to private practice, I currently oversee the Mental Health Department at Phoenix House of Los Angeles.
I received my Masters of Art degree in Clinical Psychology at Azusa Pacific University, Azusa, CA. I started my career working with dual-diagnosis, at risk probation youth in residential rehabilitation settings. It was then I started to discover how self-esteem plays a role in everyone’s lives. I dove deeper into understanding how self-esteem impacts youth and is carried into young adults and adults. It’s from my clinical experience and desire to help individuals increase their self-esteem I created a card game, “i am…” that helps individuals increase their self-esteem.
My focus is with adults and adolescents addressing depression, anxiety, trauma, substance use, and obsessive compulsive disorders. I conceptualize and implement Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and psychodynamic framework; tailoring each treatment episode to match the needs of each client. I am certified in Aggression Replacement Training (evidence based practice that addresses anger/anxiety with adolescents) and Seeking Safety (evidence based practice that helps individuals understand the connection between trauma and substance use).
In addition, I am devoted to working with couples create lasting relationships by creating a solid foundation. I am certified in Prepare and Enrich which helps couples identify their strengths and growth areas.
"I am honored to walk alongside you towards healing and discovering or rediscovering the best parts of yourself".