I am a passionate, knowledgeable, experienced Marriage Family Therapist with licenses to practice therapy in both California (LMFT 51495) and Oregon (T1595). I have been working in the field of psychology for more than 13 years. My private practice for in-person sessions is in the beautiful Bay Area community of Lafayette, and I can provide video therapy to patients residing anywhere in California or Oregon.
My primary focus of treatment is Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). CBT is evidenced-based and effective. It is goal-oriented, rooted in the here-and-now, and brings sustainable change and deep relief for patients, often in the short-term. For more specifics about what you can expect treatment wise, and the specific type of CBT that I most practice, I invite you to click on My Approach.
I grew up in Los Angeles with an East Coast family, so I’m lucky to have been influenced by both coasts. I completed my graduate studies in Los Angeles, and received a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University in 2006. I have enjoyed living in the Bay Area now since 2010.
In addition to my private practice in Lafayette, I previously enjoyed seeing a wide range of patients from 2016 to early 2019 as part of a group psychiatric practice in Walnut Creek with a holistic approach, Pacific Coast Psychiatric & Associates. Prior to my experience at PCPA, I spent several years doing community mental health work at local non-profit agency in Oakland. I enjoyed my role at this family-centered agency where in addition to my direct service with clients of all ages, I was also directly supervising 7-8 unlicensed therapists and overseeing the mental health program.
In 2011, I completed a one year fellowship program at the Child Trauma Training Institute in San Francisco led by Dr. Alicia Lieberman, director of UCSF Child Trauma Research Program, and leader in the field of early childhood mental health.
I’ve also been formally trained in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and participated in weekly consultation calls with one of the leading experts in this modality. This model of therapy focuses on post-traumatic symptoms for families of children age 6-18.
Additionally, I am very active with continuing my professional education through regular seminars and workshops, as well as a weekly TEAM-CBT group led by Dr. David Burns at Stanford, and weekly case consultation with colleagues. Staying invested in my own growth and learning is essential so that I can always best serve my patients.