psychotherapy for body + mind + soul
Individual Psychotherapy and Counseling
I work with adults (both men and women) who initially come to therapy for many reasons such as: anxiety, stress, depression, addiction, codependency, grief & loss, low self-esteem, creative crisis, life transitions, post traumatic stress disorder and/or a history of trauma and abuse. Many of my clients are in the creative or helping industries. While your treatment will be tailored to you, I utilize a variety of modalities and orientations to therapy including depth psychology, attachment and somatic approaches as well as present centered awareness. There are many doorways in.
While I enjoy working with both men and women, I have a passion for working with women. Women have a unique path that is not always linear nor "rational". Whether in a transitional time of life, struggling with relationships or challenged by symptoms originating from within, a woman's healing and transformation requires the acceptance and deep listening of a caring and curious Other. I am continually awed by the healing and transformation I witness in my clients as we take this journey together.
I love helping couples build empathy, connection, communication and intimacy. The couples who come to my office often struggle with affairs, intimacy and sexual challenges, and communication conflicts.
Finding the right therapist can be difficult to navigate. I can help you determine if I might be a good fit for you and your unique needs. Call me at 818-600-2284 for a free phone consultation.
I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT 93365) in private practice. I have two office locations, Atwater Village and Encino. I offer a safe, open, and non-judgmental atmosphere where together we can move towards an understanding of your unique challenges and what relief might look like for you.
I believe that we grow best in an environment that is steadfast, reflective, responsive and compassionate. When these qualities are used to hold us, we can begin to hold ourselves and our experiences with more equanimity, clarity, trust and discernment. Many of us did not and do not have environments like this. It is my hope as your therapist that you might experience these qualities in our time together so that you may heal and grow, finding a life full of ease and meaning.
I tailor my approach to each client, however, I have two main ways of orienting to psychotherapy. I orient as a depth psychotherapist which means that we can look into your past, present and unconscious experiences by working with dreams, images and metaphor. We can do this by talking, working with art or movement. I am also a somatic psychotherapist which means that we slow down and learn to listen to the wisdom of the body. All of this is to better understand and integrate your suffering so that you can cultivate a larger sense of yourself.
I received my masters degree and depth training at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara. I received my somatic training under the the Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM), a mind-body psychotherapy as created by Elaine Miller-Karas and the Trauma Resource Institute (TRI). I am a certified TRM therapist as well as a Community Resiliency Model (CRM) Skills Trainer. As a CRM Skills Trainer, I hold workshops and trainings teaching the CRM wellness skills. I also am a facilitator for TRI at their TRM Level I and II trainings.
In my personal life, I am a student of yoga and meditation. Prior to my career as a psychotherapist, I worked in the corporate setting.