I am licensed in the states of California and Montana. I have extensive and very well rounded education, i.e., I am skilled in approaches that address the mind, body and unconscious. I don't have a "one size fits all" approach. Instead, given my broad training and experience, I adapt to the needs of the client. I have also been in the field for 25 years. I have also won several awards for excellence.
I received my undergraduate degree from Antioch University in Marina del Rey, CA. Thereafter, I received a Masters degree from the University of Southern California, where I graduated with Honors. As a USC Field Instructor, I was awarded the Master Field Instructor Award. I continue to serve as Adjunct Faculty at USC's graduate School of Social Work. I hold a certificate in Advanced Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy from the Southern California Psychoanalytic Institute, and a Diplomate in Clinical Social Work, where I ranked in the top 5% nationwide. A Diplomate in Clinical Social Work (DCSW) is the highest level of credentialing available through the National Association of Social Workers; NASW is the largest professional social work organization in the world.
I am certified as an EMDR practitioner by EMDRIA.
My career in the field of social services began in 1991 when I assisted victims of domestic violence and their children at a local battered women's shelter in Los Angeles. Thereafter, I worked at a residential facility with court-ordered adolescents with a range of behavioral and psychological disorders. Subsequently, I treated adults, adolescents and the elderly at UCLA's Neuropsychiatric Institute, in-patient and out-patient, where I received awards for excellence. I have counseled staff and faculty at USC's Employee Assistance Program. I have also served as a Field Instructor for UCLA, USC and Antioch University, supervising graduate students in their field placements. As part-time faculty, I have served as a Field Liaison and Academic Advisor to USC School of Social Work's graduate students and taught Child and Adolescent Development and Social Work across a range of different contexts at the graduate level. As a Clinical Supervisor at Bienestar Human Services, I supervise licensed and Masters level therapists. I also served as the Regional Clinical Director at Aegis Medical Systems,a methadone clinic treating opiate dependency, where I provided supervision and training on a range of clinical issues. I also held the role of Adjunct Professor at Ryokan College, a graduate program in Psychology. I have lectured on a range of clinical disorders and participated in the development of a variety of clinical programs. In addition to my private practice, I was also the Clinical Director of TheACY, a grief support program for children and adults. I served on Didi Hirsch's Survivors After Suicide Advisory Board and facilitate support groups for those who have lost loved ones to suicide. I have also provided critical incident stress debriefings to organizations who have lost employees to suicide. As an EMDR-certified therapist, I work with those who have suffered trauma, as well as other therapists seeking consultation for their practices. In January 2019, I received recognition as One of LA's Top 10 Therapists by the Motion Picture and Television Industries.