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 birthfirst 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 session may vary depending on treatment needs.
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is an effective therapy for anxiety, depression PTSD and many other symptoms. EMDR sessions take place weekly and are 50-75 minutes long.
Brainspotting is fast becoming the treatment of choice for trauma, anxiety, depression, creative blocks and more. Brainspotting sessions take place weekly and are 50-75 minutes long.
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 or virtually. Conversations are in “real time” when parents need support and answers most. Learn more at AskAdoption.com
Groups for the Adoption and Foster Care Community
Group work provides a dynamic and supportive setting to learn, share, and work through sometimes difficult issues alongside others facing similar situations. In-person and virtual groups are offered for all members of the adoption and foster care community: adoptees, adoptive parents, waiting parents, and birthfirst parents. Learn more at AskAdoption.com
Clinical Supervision for MFT Interns:
I am a CAMFT certified supervisor, providing clinical supervision for interns working toward licensure.
Phone and virtual sessions:
I offer flexible appointment times for clients who travel often or are unable to attend regular office sessions. (Phone and virtual sessions are generally provided after initial intake information has been gathered in person.)
Script Consulting and Collaboration with Creative Professionals
During my 20+ years work in private practice I have witnessed relationship ruptures, traumas and agonizing grief. I have also watched my clients become resilient, transform trauma and heal. My experience has given me vast knowledge and on being human and allows me to collaborate with creative professionals in a unique way.
I regularly work with writers, producers and authors to create rich characters and themes that are accurately represented in projects related to: adoption, therapy, trauma, identity, relationships, family dynamics, crisis response and first responder incidents, DSM diagnoses and treatment, EMDR, Brainspotting and more.
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.
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