My Approach to Helping
Helping you cope with difficult situations is my expertise. Life is full of challenges. Most of us can manage these challenges pretty well, but sometimes we find ourselves feeling overwhelmed and unable to cope. We may feel sad and alone, stuck and unsure about what to do next. When our own attempts to handle difficult situations aren't working, therapy can provide the support that we need to put us back on the right track. I want you to feel like yourself again: optimistic, confident, and happy. I believe that the answer to sustained recovery and personal growth already lies within you: it only needs to be uncovered.
At my office in Tustin, I see adults, adolescents, and families. I am committed to nurturing a trusting relationship in my practice where clients can feel safe to explore their thoughts and feelings, thereby achieving a deeper sense of self-awareness and an ability to live an integrated, balanced life. I have a special interest in the following areas:
Social anxiety and generalized anxiety
Life transitions midlife crisis
Trauma and abuse (PTSD)
Self-esteem and improved self-awareness
Effective parenting; blended family issues
Adjustment to divorce and separation
Childhood disorders (adjustment separation anxiety school difficulties ADHD)
Grief and loss; bereavement
Couples therapy (interracial partnerships)
Work and career challenges
A little about me:
I helped conduct research in the psychology department at the University of Chicago, and my clinical work with children and adolescents is informed by best practices in developmental psychology. I completed a year of intensive training in child development at the St. Louis Psychoanalytic Institute and have practiced as a school-based behavior therapist and a family specialist for the Department of Children and Family Services. I am trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT) and narrative models of therapy.
Peer-reviewed publications include:
"A Comparison of Three Major Couple Approaches: IRT, EFT, and Gottman Method Couple Therapy," The Therapist magazine, California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, NovDec 2015.