"I never would have made it if I could not have laughed. It lifted me momentarily out of this horrible situation, just enough to make it livable". — Viktor Frankl
About Me I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, located in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Highland Park. I graduated with a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University, Los Angeles in 2009. Over the past 12 years, I have been passionately working with adolescents and adults with eating disorders, substance abuse, depression and anxiety at the inpatient, residential, and intensive outpatient levels of care.
I specialize in helping clients struggling with eating issues, negative body image, and/or low self-esteem. I also work effectively treating other problems related to depression, anxiety, work or family conflict, stress, or just feeling overwhelmed with daily life.
A passion of mine is supporting family members or loved ones of those receiving treatment for an eating disorder, either in the inpatient or outpatient setting. While working in treatment centers, my heart went out to those family members who were doing their best to support their daughters, sons, partners, siblings, etc. and yet were also struggling. Struggling to hold the relationship/family together, struggling to understand their loved one, struggling to take care of themselves. I have found it extremely helpful to the families to provide these loved ones with support as well.
I draw from a variety of therapy models including cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, humanistic, and existential theories. No two clients are alike, and therefore, adaptability in my work and collaboration with clients are key. Additionally, I incorporate elements of mindfulness and humor into my practice. Laughter, when used appropriately, is incredibly healing; it relieves stress and fosters connection.
I am a member of California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT), International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP), Women's Association for Addiction Treatment (WAAT), and the Glendale Area Mental Health Professionals Association (GAMHPA).
During my free time, I enjoy being with family and friends, playing with my dogs, watching action and sci-fi movies, and enjoying nature.