Coming from a family of helping professionals, I knew as early as my freshman year of high school that I wanted to be a therapist. With a psychobiology focus in college here in Los Angeles, I loved gaining knowledge of behaviors and the brain. Working in residential treatment centers with children and then in child protective services and foster care, I realized my passion for social work and went on to gain my MSW at USC.
My passion for my work continues and has evolved, as I have, over the years. When I became a parent I realized the importance of, and need for, more parenting support and a better way to connect with and help our children grow optimally, both physically and emotionally. I then found even more in depth knowledge about the brain, empathy, connection, and interpersonal neurobiology in becoming a Certified Parent Educator in the Nonviolent Parenting Philosophy. This field, parenting with a focus on interpersonal neurobiology, has exploded with research over the past 15 years. I have loved integrating the skills I have learned into my psychotherapy practice as well. I have also appreciated the work I do with unlicensed therapists as a supervisor teaching how to incorporate these skills into their practice. Assisting clients and other therapists in recognizing patterns of behavior, where the patterns come from and how to make changes is some of the most rewarding work I am honored to be able to do.
Over the past 5 years I have again evolved and been on quite the fitness and health journey. Again, I continue to be a learner and have broadened my knowledge and completed a year long Nutritional Therapy Consultant certification to be able to add nutritional services to my practice and help to build holistic wellness with my clients.
I am passionate about working with others to improve their wellness and I experience deep gratitude when allowed to be witness to a client’s growth and change. I look forward to the opportunity to work with you on your journey to better wellness.