I am a licensed clinical psychologist (PSY 26243). I completed my undergraduate work at the University of Southern California, majoring in Psychology, and I then obtained my Master of Arts and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Azusa Pacific University. My training has been diverse; I have worked with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families at an elementary school, college counseling center, inpatient psychiatric hospital, eating disorder facilities (Intensive Outpatient Program, Partial Hospitalization Program, and Residential Treatment Center), outpatient community counseling center, and private practice.
I completed two years of pre-and-post doctoral training in psychoanalytic psychotherapy at the Wright Institute Los Angeles. I also completed the two-year Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Program at the New Center for Psychoanalysis. These trainings culminated in obtaining two Certificates in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy. I primarily work from a psychoanalytically-oriented framework while incorporating other helpful techniques such as EMDR, mindfulness and meditative practice, cognitive/dialectical behavioral therapy skills, and psychoeducation. I am fully trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). EMDR is a highly effective treatment for trauma and it can also be used to treat a variety of other conditions such as eating disorders, depression, anxiety, grief, etc. I incorporate EMDR into my treatment whenever it is clinically indicated.
In addition to treating a variety of presenting issues, I also have two specialty areas in my practice, specifically Maternal Mental Health and Eating Disorders. I work with women at all stages of the pregnancy and motherhood process – from those trying to conceive or having experienced miscarriages to those struggling with postpartum depression and anxiety. I hold a Certificate in Perinatal Mood Disorders from Postpartum Support International and I regularly stay up-to-date on the latest research, treatment recommendations, and resources in the area. I can help patients to find referrals and resources in the community such as psychiatrists trained in perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, pregnancy/postpartum physical therapists, doulas, prenatal yoga studios, and more.
I have also done extensive research and clinical training in the treatment of eating disorders, body image dissatisfaction, disordered eating, and low self-esteem. My dissertation focused on how the relationship between fathers and daughters affected the development of women’s eating disorders. I have worked at the Susan B. Krevoy Eating Disorders Program, the Eating Disorder Center of California, and the Monte Nido Treatment Center at the Intensive Outpatient, Partial Hospitalization, and Residential levels of care. I worked at the Monte Nido Treatment Center’s residential house as a Primary Therapist providing group and individual psychotherapy.
I am a member of the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals (IAEDP), the Los Angeles County Psychological Association (LACPA), the Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing International Association (EMDRIA) and the Valley Federation of Eating Disorder Professionals (VFED).