My Approach to Helping
I have seen how the powerful process of psychotherapy helps people cope with life challenges and find inner strength. Therapy reduces the symptoms of depression, suffering and anxiety and promotes resilience. Additionally it helps improve communication and understanding in relationships. Effective psychotherapy elicits change and guides people toward living more authentically. I realize that people often seek help at their most vulnerable times. I am aware of of this as I guide my clients toward a better understanding of themselves and their inner world, thereby allowing for emotional growth, peace and the attainment of personal goals.
My current practice includes individuals, couples, adolescents and children. I have special expertise in working with members of the adoption and foster care community: adoptees, adoptive parents, foster youth and birth/first parents. I am trained and certified in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy. I am also trained in Brainspotting and TRM (Trauma Resiliency Model). These brain-body based therapies are extremely effective in working with trauma and I use them in my practice regularly.
I provide parent coaching for Adoptive Parents in person and virtually (package rates are available). I co-facilitate Teen AdoptCONNECT, a group for teens who were adopted. This group meets at my Pasadena office the 2nd Thursday of each month 7-8:30pm. I also host on-line support groups for the adoption community. Please contact me directly for more information.
Personal therapy is a unique collaboration between the therapist and the client(s). I work from a relational framework and I am dedicated to helping my clients connect the dots of their story in order to achieve understanding, clarity, emotional resilience and a general sense of well-being. I utilize attachment theory, EMDR, Brainspotting, and mindfulness practices in my work with clients. I nurture a trusting relationship in my practice where clients feel safe to explore their thoughts and feelings. I contribute my knowledge, skills and the willingness to do my very best. Your commitment to the process will also be an important factor in our work together.
More Info About My Practice
Individual therapy generally takes place once a week for 50 minutes although the frequency and length of our session may vary depending on treatment needs.
Family, Child and Adolescent Therapy:
Family, child and adolescent therapy generally takes place once a week for a 45-50 minute session depending on the age of the child and treatment needs.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is an integrative therapy that is effective in helping people get "un-stuck." EMDR therapy is an effective psychological treatment for PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and is fast becoming the treatment of choice for anxiety, depression and many other symptoms. EMDR uses bilateral tapping, sounds or eye movements to help reprocess trauma and outdated belief systems resulting in healing and resilience.
Brainspotting is a powerful yet gentle brain-body therapy that helps people process traumatic events and outdated belief systems. "Where you look effects how you feel." Using a spot in a person's visual field and biolateral music, Brainspotting allows a person to bypass the neo-cortex (thinking brain) to access the subcortical system where trauma and distress are often stored. The result is a rewiring of areas of the brain where trauma and outdated belief systems used to reside. Brainspotting works deep in the brain - the midbrain, creating new neural pathways and helps clients achieve balance, resilience and relief from past hurt.
Adoptive Parent Coaching:
Coaching and consultation specifically for Adoptive Parents who have questions and concerns related to parenting adopted children. Coaching takes place in office, by phone and virtually. Conversations are in real time when parents need support and answers most.
AdoptCONNECT: Support groups for the Adoption and Foster care community:
Please contact me directly for the group schedule.
Crisis Intervention Services:
I served as Executive Supervisor of the Maple Center's Crisis Response Team for more over a decade. I worked alongside police fire and sheriff's personnel, responding on-scene to critical incidents (auto accidents, suicides, school and work place violence, etc). Today I provide private crisis intervention work and incident debriefings. Immediate crisis intervention that takes place soon after a critical incident occurs may prevent PTSD and other symptoms related to experiencing or witnessing a traumatic event.
Clinical Supervision for MFT Interns:
I am a CAMFT certified supervisor, providing clinical supervision for interns working toward licensure.
Phone and Skype Sessions:
I offer flexible appointment times for clients who travel often or are unable to attend regular office sessions. (Phone and virtual sessions are provided only after initial intake information has been gathered in person.)
I offer convenient day and evening appointments in both Beverly Hills and Pasadena locations.
It is easiest to reach me directly by phone or email. I generally am able to return calls within a few hours however will always get back to you within 24 hours.
If you are experiencing a life-threatening emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.