About Me

All actual life is encounter.  Martin Buber

I believe in the power of dialogue and connection through relationship. I also believe the past informs the present but does not necessarily determine the future. So I listen carefully to my client’s life stories looking for the themes that shape their experience . Then together we can explore the best approach to healing.

Areas of Focus:

Anxiety/Stress
Depression
Adoption Related Issues

  • Adoptees
  • Adoptive Parents
  • Birthparents

Threshold Challenges

  • Beginning elementary school
  • Middle School
  • Adolescence
  • College
  • Post-College/Independent Life
  • Marriage
  • Parenthood
  • Divorce
  • Empty Nest
  • Mid-Life
  • Grief

Navigating Professional Life

  • High stakes environments
  • Creativity in a commercial world
  • Film and TV industry challenges

 

 

 

My Professional Background:

As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist my private practice spans all ages and holds a focus in creative professionals, adoption and trauma work. I earned my M.A. in Clinical Psychology with a Child Studies specialization from Antioch University in Los Angeles. I have also worked as a Counselor in both K-8 and high school settings and worked three year as a Counselor at the Southern California Counseling Center working with individuals, families and couples. I completed both the Family Training Program Certification and the Trauma Training there and hold both TRM and EMDR trauma certifications. In addition, I am working with Jeanette Yoffe in a monthly adoption support group on the Westside and as part of her new non-profit, The Celia Foundation dedicated to all members of the adoption constellation.

Before joining the psychology field my first love was the arts. As a producer and studio exec I was part of the Feature Animation team at Disney during the Renaissance years of The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and Toy Story. I subsequently had a production deal at Fox under which the animated feature Anastasia was released. Prior to moving to Los Angeles to join the Mermaid team I was based in New York City. While there I was on the faculty at The Juilliard School (Drama Division), was a visiting professional for the Yale School of Drama and worked on many theatrical productions as a stage manager including the Broadway production of The Glass Menagerie with Jessica Tandy, the Off-Broadway and Broadway productions of Pump Boys and Dinettes and the 1st and 2nd National Tours of Cats in Boston, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Chicago and Los Angeles. Being part of telling timeless tales was great preparation for helping people discover the true stories of their own lives

Education:

M.A. in Clinical Psychology, Child Studies Specialization
Antioch University, Los Angeles
M.A. in Theatre
Purdue University
B.A. in Broadcasting and Theatre
Marquette University

In addition, I have been a meditation student for over a decade and am also a certified Kundalini yoga instructor

Clinical Memberships:

California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
www.camft.org
Los Angeles Chapter of California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
www.lacamft.org
Womens Association for Addiction Treatment (WAAT)
www.waat.us
EMDR International Association
www.emdria.org

I am married and a parent to three teens both by birth and adoption.