WHAT I BELIEVE
I believe that people possess an amazing capacity for resilience, creativity, courage and caring and that sometimes we become disconnected from these qualities and the truth about who we are. I believe that families and couples often have extensive, untapped resources to resolve their challenges. I believe that therapy can help restore these connections and tap these resources, and that the process doesn’t have to take a long time. I also believe that the natural world has the power to heal weary hearts, minds and souls by connecting us to something larger then ourselves.
In general, I work within a tradition known as existential therapy that focuses on how each of us interprets the events and relationships of our life and how that system of interpretations influences our capacity for action. I look to you to define our therapeutic goals, and I use a variety of approaches to help you achieve your goals based on your preferences for therapy, your cultural preferences and your preferred learning style. These approaches may include looking at how you tell the story of your life, reframing beliefs that you believe do not serve you, using behavioral strategies to mitigate problematic behaviors or reduce anxiety including deep relaxation, and using more creative strategies depending on your preferences such as art work, writing or music.
I am licensed by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences as both a Marriage and Family Therapist and as a Professional Clinical Counselor. I have a Master of Science degree in Counseling--Marriage and Family Therapy from California State University, Northridge where I graduated with distinction. My undergraduate degree is from Occidental College where I graduated cum laude. Additionally, I have received specialized training in the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of acute stress and post traumatic stress disorder from The Valley Trauma Counseling Center of Van Nuys, CA and from the Department of Veterans Affairs; in the Trauma Resource Model from the Trauma Resource Institute; and in Critical Incident Stress Management from the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation. I am certified in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) by the EMDR International Association. I am required to complete 36 continuing education hours every two years to maintain my license and frequently attend professional conferences where I can stay abreast of new developments in my field. I am a former state certified Rape Crisis Advocate and am knowledgeable about the law enforcement and trial protocols that victims of crime often face. I work with adults, couples, adolescents, children and families, and I welcome the opportunity to work with individuals of all races, creeds, national origins, gender identities, sexual orientations and stages of life.
SELECTED PROFESSIONAL AND PERSONAL MEMBERSHIPS
American Counseling Association
California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
International Critical Incident Foundation
Lesbian and Gay Psychotherapy Association of Los Angeles
Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)
Museum of Tolerance
Alaska Wilderness League
The Wilderness Society
The Yosemite Association