My Approach to Helping
Are you struggling with your self-worth? Are you taking care of everyone else except yourself? Is unhealed trauma blocking you? Maybe you’re feeling trapped in addiction or are anxiety and depression ruling your life? It takes courage to ask for help and could be what changes your life in a powerful and liberating way. You just want to experience freedom, but don’t know how to get there. My focus is finding clarity about who you are. Together, we’ll build up your coping skills, resiliency and self-worth so that you are living in a place of empowerment, compassion and hope.
I work from an eclectic theoretical perspective with a focus on psychodynamic psychotherapy. When emotional injuries are unable to heal on their own, they predispose us to the development of depression, anxiety, and addictive disorders. This is particularly true of emotional injuries resulting from traumatic events or chronic stressful experiences from our childhood. The goal of psychodynamic psychotherapy is to heal these types of emotional injuries and gain insight into the way they affect our current patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving. Some of the other approaches I work closely with include: Trauma-Focused, EMDR, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Mindfulness. Most importantly, I perceive and respect you as an individual.
I have over twelve years of experience working in residential treatment, outpatient treatment, transitional living, sober livings, homeless shelters, and counseling centers. I have helped hundreds of clients, first starting out at Tarzana Treatment Center, Malibu Life Recovery Center, Renaissance Malibu, Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission, San Fernando Valley Counseling Center, and in recent years at The Villa Treatment Center and private practice. I obtained my Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena specializing in Trauma. I am a primary therapist at The Villa Treatment Center for substance abuse and mental health treatment and I have a private practice in Woodland Hills, California. I am a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT#188720) with the Board of Behavioral Sciences. Prior to getting my Master’s, I was certified with the California Association for AlcoholDrug Educators as a CATC III Addiction Counselor.
I am also an EMDR therapist. EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a therapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress that are the result of disturbing life experiences. It rewires the brain establishing new adaptive neural pathways that help people become unstuck and move forward in their lives.