About Me

Couples Counselor in Santa Monica, Los Angeles, LA, Venice, Westside

Thank you for visiting my website and I’m glad you’re reaching out. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Registered Art Therapist. I provide psychotherapy for individuals and couples in my private practice in West Los Angeles, California. I am passionate about working with people and believe the power of therapy comes from having a good relationship with your therapist. My style is warm and engaged and I create a relaxed environment that is judgment free.

My Philosophy
People tend to come to therapy because they have an issue they want to resolve or a relationship they want to improve.  I make sure our work is focused and results oriented. Our first session will be dedicated to clarifying your goals, reviewing your background, and beginning to develop strategies for the issue at hand.  I use mindfulness to transform negative states into positive ones, including managing stress and anxiety and regulating our emotions so we can be at our best selves in our relationships. I use cognitive behavioral tools to assist clients to gain awareness of our thoughts and how they are impacting us, and to shift towards more balanced and empowering ways of thinking.  I welcome individuals and couples of any sexual or gender orientation and background.

Experience
I entered the field at a young age, starting with studying Psychology as an undergrad at NYU. I have worked within the field of mental health ever since. In my 10 years of training and experience I’ve had the opportunity to work in varied settings including outpatient services for adults, employment focused services for adults, substance abuse treatment centers, community mental health programs for children and families, therapeutic residential programs, non-public schools, and a youth correctional facility. These include Cedar Sinai, Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services, Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services, Echo Malibu substance abuse treatment center, The HELP Group, and Goddard Riverside of New York.

Education
I received my BA in Psychology at New York University and completed additional coursework at Sydney University, NSW, Australia, and the School of Visual Arts, New York, NY. I completed my master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy combined with Art Therapy at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, where I was a member of Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit Honor Society. My thesis was entitled “An Exploration of the Influence of Family Art Therapy on Individual Treatment with a Child Diagnosed with Asperger’s Disorder.”

Professional Associations
I am a Clinical Member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT), the Los Angeles Chapter, LACAMFT, and the American Art Therapy Association (AATA). In order to provide the best services possible I continue to update my knowledge and expertise through attending continuing education courses and professional conferences and engaging in case consultations with colleagues.

 

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LICENSE

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RESUME

Private Practice, West Los Angeles, CA: Couples and Individual Adult Counseling, 2017-current

Well Being Medical Center, Santa Monica, CA: Private Practice serving Couples, Individuals and Adolescents, 8/2011-9/2016

Cedar Sinai Health Services, Los Angeles, CA: Mental Health Clinician, 11/2013-6/2016

Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services, Los Angeles, CA: Adolescent and Family Clinician, 6/2009-5/2011

Echo Adolescent Drug Treatment Center, Malibu, CA: Group Art Therapy Leader, 4/2009-6/2009

Didi Hirsch Community Mental Health Services, Inglewood, CA: Adult Therapist Intern, 8/2006-9/2008

Didi Hirsch Community Mental Health Services, Inglewood, CA: Child, Adolescent and Family Therapist Intern, 8/2004-10/2005

The HELP Group Child and Family Center, Culver City, CA: Child Therapist Trainee, 8/2003-5/2004

State of CA Dept. of the Youth Authority, Ventura Youth Correctional Facility, Camarillo, CA: Adult Therapist Trainee, 1/2003-5/2003

Goddard Riverside Community Center, New York City, NY: Creative Arts Therapy Assistant, 2000-2002