Get to Know Me

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in work with families, children, and adolescents. My focus is on depression, anxiety, childhood trauma, and behavioral challenges.

I received my Master's degree in Counseling Psychology from National University and my undergraduate degree from the University of California at San Diego.

I have experience working in education-based support services as a school-contracted counselor. During this time, I worked with families to help schools and teachers meet students' individualized academic, social, and behavioral goals, including helping families navigate the IEP process. I have training and experience in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and am nationally certified in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

I use a holistic approach to treatment by incorporating healthy lifestyle modifications and mindfulness. During my work with younger patients, I integrate bibliotherapy, music, art, and play. I also serve on the Board of Directors for the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists, San Diego chapter.

To accommodate my clients, I offer flexible appointment times during the morning, evening, and on weekends. My office is centrally located in Bankers Hill, just west of Balboa Park and north of Downtown.

Specialties:

  • ADHD - Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Depression/depressive disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder
  • Attachment disorders
  • Conduct disorder
  • PTSD - Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • ASD - Autism-Spectrum Disorder
  • Adjustment Disorders (divorce, family changes, major life changes)
  • Self harm and ideation
  • Grief
  • Sexual, emotional, and physical abuse
  • Trauma

Treatment Modalities:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)/Trauma-Focused CBT (TF-CBT): CBT is a form of psychotherapy that treats problems and increases happiness by changing dysfunctional behaviors, emotions, and thoughts. This type of psychotherapy helps patients identify negative or harmful thoughts and use strategies to overcome them and change behaviors. The primary goal of CBT is providing patients with solutions. I am a Nationally-Certified Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapist.

  • Mindfulness: Mindfulness trains you to focus on identifying your present emotional and physical feelings in order to help increase mental well-being. It usually incorporates breathing and meditation.

  • Holistic therapy: I believe strongly that a healthy body leads to a healthy mind. To help achieve a healthier body, I implement a whole-body approach that emphasizes exercise, nutrition, and sleep.

  • Play therapy: Play therapy enables children to act out their thoughts and feelings in an environment that is both fun and therapeutic, using a child's language of play. This benefits children by allowing them to express themselves, role-play real-life situations, and help process deeper issues.

  • Art therapy: Art can be a very healing process for both adults and children as they are able to work through and process their emotions in a safe manner. I find that this modality is especially useful when working through trauma.