My philosophy

I believe we all share a common humanity but are also unique and interesting in our own way. As human beings we often struggle to make sense of our lives. Those struggles can be provoked by a person or event in life or can can arise from our own thoughts and feelings. By looking inward and courageously facing our fears, we can find in our struggles the seeds for positive change. 

"Storms make trees take deeper roots."  -Dolly Parton

 

Background

I grew up bi-coastal, in a blended family, and have lived both in and outside the U.S. This background fostered in me a sense of adventure, love for being with people, and thirst for self knowledge.  It also made me keenly aware of the complexity of family dynamics and developed in me a flexibility to work with different value systems. 

Education

I received my Bachelors of Science in Outdoor Education from the University of New Hampshire and my Masters in Psychology from Antioch University. I am Licensed in the State of California as a Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT # 77573).  I am trained in hospice care and mindfulness based stress reduction. Committed to continuing my education, I volunteer at Homeboy Industry where I work with previously incarcerated men and women. I also participate in a variety of workshops that focus on new techniques in Gestalt therapy, mediation practices, and psychodynamic group work.

Experience

After obtaining my Bachelors degree I began my training as a wilderness therapy guide for youth at risk in Canada, where I led groups of teenagers ages 14-21 on backpacking and kayaking expeditions. After returning to the U.S. and beginning my graduate work at Antioch, I trained and worked as a school counselor helping students K-8th grade. I completed my internship at The Center for the Psychology of Women and The Tarzana Teen Center, where I gained invaluable experience working with women and teens and leading groups. Currently I work with individuals, couples, families, and groups in a private practice setting in Silver Lake, CA.

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