My Approach to Helping
Life can be painful and difficult. Intimate relationships can be particularly challenging if you don't have the communication skills needed to express your feelings and resolve conflict effectively. This can lead to anger, resentment, fear and loneliness. Over time, intimacy and sexual connection will often suffer due to these feelings. Therapy can help you sort through and understand the challenges you're facing, and identify solutions that work for you. With the proper support, things can get better.
My approach will help you develop the skills and self-awareness needed to face your challenges, heal emotional wounds, identify next steps, and set the foundation to allow you to thrive. With couples, I teach communication and conflict resolution skills, and deepen intimacy through emotion-focused treatment and traditional sex therapy exercises.
I have extensive education and experience and have taught couples therapy to psychiatric residents at UCLA, as well as doctoral students at other higher institutions. My work is characterized by intuition, compassion, optimism and collaboration. I'm an AACAST-certified Couples and Sex Therapist, and have experience working with diverse populations (straight, gay, lesbian, trans), various relationship configurations (monogamous, open, polyamorous, etc), and challenging issues both in and outside of the bedroom.