A little bit about me...

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Style

My style is warm, curious and collaborative. I offer a safe space for you to explore your past and current experiences. Sometimes, just talking it through and connecting with yourself and a compassionate therapist can lead to deep healing. However, depending on your goals, you will also have opportunities to learn new strategies for changing or accepting difficult situations, emotions and thoughts. We can also pull from mindfulness-based therapies that support you in achieving deep, sustainable healing and growth.

Background

I have worked in the fields of education and mental health for over 10 years, and draw from my diverse experience as a therapist, teacher and writer. I hold a Masters in Social Welfare from UCLA, a Masters in Fine Arts from CalArts, and a Bachelors in Comparative Literature from Brown University. I came to psychotherapy by way of teaching creative writing to students and community members. I value curiosity and the importance of healing, seeking and learning.  I am committed to understanding my clients in the context of their lives and cultures.

I have trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and the Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM), as well as in Mindfulness, Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) including Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). I have substantial experience providing therapy to adults, adolescents, couples and families in hospital and residential care for eating disorders, as well as in outpatient and community mental health settings.

Creative Writing

In addition to providing therapy, I have developed creative writing programs for residential and inpatient eating disorder treatment, for adults with homelessness and severe mental illness, and for adolescents. I have also taught creative writing at the college level and have led workshops in many other settings.

I love what I do and I'm happy to answer any questions you may have.