My Approach to Helping
My areas of focus include narcissistic abuse recovery, healing from trauma (specifically child abuse, sexual abuse, & incest), utilizing mindfulness with anxiety & stress, personal growth & life transitions, and working with individuals and couples on relationship and intimacy work--including high-conflict divorce and separation, co-parenting, blended families, and stepfamilies. I work with teens, adults of all ages, couples, and families, and operate through an all-inclusive lens, utilizing evidenced-based practices from a Humanistic, feminist, anti-racist, person-centered, strength-based, LGBTQIA+ affirmative and trauma-informed perspective.
I am a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist #124250 working under the clinical supervision of Dr. Zari Hedayat, PhD, LMFT #22248. I earned my M.A. in clinical psychology with an MFT emphasis at Pepperdine University. Building on my past work as an educator, I began my journey as a therapist working with children and adolescents at a school-based site, and with individuals, families, and couples at a community mental health agency.
In addition to my MFT and clinical experience, I have completed Level 1 and Level 2 training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy — to enhance my work with couples, and EMDR Basic Training — to offer an additional evidence-based tool when working with trauma.
More Info About My Practice
I offer telehealth services to clients throughout the state of California, with an option for in-person services, for those who wish to do so, in the Culver City, CA area.
How My Own Struggles Made Me a Better Therapist
I draw from my experience as a Latina woman in a multicultural marriage, a person who has lived through childhood trauma, who has experienced divorce and single motherhood raising a neurodivergent child, as well as remarriage and the beautiful complications of being a stepparent and co-creating a blended family. Most importantly, I am a person who knows that life, sometimes . . . it's complicated. And, that's ok.
Importance of the Client-Therapist Alliance
I believe that the relationship between the client and the therapist is the most important factor in a client having a successful outcome. A good relationship should mean that you feel at ease and can share anything that is on your mind without fear of judgment; that your concerns are always met with compassion, and encouragement toward finding your own self-compassion as well; that you are met with unconditional positive regard; and that YOUR voice is the final determination on what your goals are and how you will go about meeting them. I believe that a quality therapist is a partner in the process, there to hold space for the feelings that sometimes seem overwhelming and the hope, that may sometimes be hard to find.