Are you feeling overwhelmed, powerless, and defeated by your current life situation? Maybe you’re feeling trapped in addiction, or are anxiety and depression ruling your life? Is unhealed trauma blocking you from living a fulfilled life? Are you looking to create a new life filled with confidence, clarity, and hope? I can help you.
It takes courage to ask for help and could be what changes your life in a powerful and liberating way. You want to experience freedom but don’t know how to get there.
My focus is finding clarity about who you are. Together, we’ll build up your coping skills, resiliency, and self-worth so that you are living in a place of empowerment, compassion, and hope. You will receive quality psychological care that is empathetic and competent. The only criteria is a desire to create change and a willingness to try.
In my practice, I specialize in Trauma, Addiction, and Self Esteem issues utilizing various modalities, including Psychodynamic, EMDR, Trauma-focused, and Client-Centered. Through exploring how our past affects our present, and looking at the patterns we tend to repeat, one can gain a sense of empowerment, and control of the here and now. I believe in building a strong therapeutic relationship with my clients and value that is the basis for the work we do.
After getting sober myself in 2007, I have dedicated my life to helping people who are afflicted. I have over thirteen years of experience working in residential treatment, outpatient treatment, transitional living, sober livings, homeless shelters, and counseling centers. I have helped hundreds of clients, first starting at Tarzana Treatment Center, Malibu Life Recovery Center, Renaissance Malibu, Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission, San Fernando Valley Counseling Center, and recent years at The Villa Treatment Center.
I obtained my Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena, specializing in Trauma. I am a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist (LMFT#188720) with the Board of Behavioral Sciences. Before getting my Master’s, I was certified with the California Association for Alcohol/Drug Educators as a CATC III. Also, I am a certified EMDR therapist through EMDRIA. EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) is a type of therapy that enables people to heal from the symptoms and emotional distress resulting from disturbing life experiences. It rewires the brain establishing new adaptive neural pathways which help people become unstuck and move forward in their lives.
Starting therapy takes courage, and I honor your decision to start by reaching out to me.
the lotus flower
The Lotus flower is a symbol of purity, enlightenment, self-regeneration and rebirth. It grows in muddy water, and it is this environment that gives forth the flower’s first and most literal meaning, rising and blooming above the murk to achieve enlightenment.