Therapist Background
I offer my clients a non-judgmental and safe environment with a personality that is compassionate and understanding.  I strive to help clients overcome challenges and to achieve optimal health.  My treatment orientation primarily includes Cognitive Behavioral, Mindfulness, Strength-Based, Positive Psychology, Psychodynamic, or Humanistic theories.  An integrative therapy approach tailored for each client allows me to choose a treatment method based on their learning style and how they can benefit the most.  I also utilize experiential play therapy when working with children.  

Anyone can experience emotional or circumstantial turmoil and the use of psychotherapy can be one step in helping improve a person's health and well-being.  My own journey in trying to positively improve my own life and rise above difficulties has also shaped the way I work with clients. Likewise, listening to my clients share their life stories have added to my own professional learning.  It has truly been a privilege to do the work I enjoy and be provided the opportunity to help others in their time of need.

I have worked with multiethnic and diverse populations in a variety of mental health settings, applying client advocacy and clinical social work practice.  Prior experience includes working at domestic violence shelters, crisis response teams, teaching, healthcare, psychiatric facilities, mental health programs in public schools, child and family intervention in investigation and treatment units, and other client-based services.  I also find volunteer service to be rewarding and have worked with non-profit organizations and in grassroots organizing.  With hope for a better future, I've participated in activism work, community building, and various social causes.  

I have a well-rounded background in the social sciences and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Anthropology, a Master's Degree in Social Work, and a Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology.  My graduate reseach was on the long-term effects of domestic abuse on child development and the positive impact of safety intervention programs for families.  My dissertation focus was on the efficacy of Cognitive Behavior Therapy as an adjunct to pharmacology in the treatment of psychotic disorders.  I hold licenses as a Clinical Social Worker (LCS24616) and Professional Clinical Counselor (LPC391) both regulated by the Ca Board of Behavioral Sciences to practice psychotherapy.  I'm a Registered Psych (LIC940024636) with the CA Board of Psychology. I'm an ACSW Board Certified Diplomate with over 15 years of experience with a Pupil Personnel Services Credential and Certification in Forensic Social Work. I frequently attend conferences and trainings to enhance my knowledge and participate in consultation groups with colleagues to improve my skills. 

I'm professionally affiliated with the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists and a member of the LA County Psychological Association.  I am a Disaster Mental Health Volunteer with the American Red Cross, provider of pro bono services with non-profits, and as an alumna from the University of Southern California, volunteers with the USC Alumni Mentor/Mentee Graduate Program and various association events.

I am a mother who enjoys music, movies, reading, travel, and various fun activities with friends and family.

PsyD, LCSW, LPCC
LCS# 24616 & LPC# 391

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