I have known despair
I value hope
I have tasted frustration
I value fulfillment
I have been lonely
I value love
I was inspired to become a therapist by challenges in my own life…
I have known sadness and grief; fear and frustration. I have worked hard to nurture feelings of joy, hope, contentment and well-being.
My goal is to help others who are struggling. I want to help you to explore the obstacles in your life, discover ways to overcome them, and to find a path to your own place of hope and joy.
I have been a practicing therapist since 1998 and have worked in a variety of settings, including a group home for parenting teens, a community college mental health clinic, a community hospital, and with survivors of domestic violence. I have worked with children, teens, adults and the elderly. Since 2004 I have run my own private practice, focusing primarily on helping individuals and couples improve the many relationships in their lives.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of California (LCS21970), which means that I have received extensive training and experience in psychotherapy utilizing a strengths-based, biopsychosocial perspective. In 2008 I completed the one year, intensive Couples and Sex Therapy Training Program through UCLA Extension. This has given me a broader understanding of the many issues that impact couples and ways to help them to find their way to healing and more fulfilling relationships. In 2012 I became a Certified Sex Therapist through the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists (AASECT), which requires rigorous education and supervision in treating issues specifically related to sex and sexuality.
Thanks to this wide range of educational and work experience, I have unique insight into the issues that impact people of varying ages, genders, sexualities and lifestyles, their partners, and chosen families. I work with those who are monogamous and nonmonogamous, LGBTQIA+ and am kink-friendly.