There are times in our lives that we need to make a change and deepen the understanding of ourselves and others. Therapy can be quite helpful in this process through providing a secure, non-judgmental relationship from which to grow. It is important that you feel valued and respected by the therapist with whom you choose to work. In addition, you should experience a sense of safety in this confidential relationship. As your therapist, I need to feel confident that my skill set would be a benefit to you in helping you to accomplish our agreed upon goals. As a professional I am committed to increasing my learning so that as advances are made in the profession, I may utilize that knowledge to help you.
I utilize an empathic psychodynamic approach in my therapy. Inner growth and change begins to occur as your understanding deepens through the therapeutic alliance. It is my spiritual belief that no one is hopeless and that working together in therapy can help you change patterns, habits, the way you treat yourself and others.
I have over 40 years’ experience of working with families, couples, and individuals. I provide play therapy and Gestalt therapy in my work with children and teens. I earned my Masters in Social Work from Smith College School of Social Work in 1972. I have been training in couples therapy with Dr. Wendy Cherry, the co-director of the Couples & Sex Therapy Training Program at UCLA.
For 16 years I provided psychotherapeutic services for Los Angeles School District for children and their families. For I0 years, I worked as the lead clinician and manager of the Long Beach offices of the out-patient mental health clinics for FHP, an HMO. I have been trained in Trauma therapy and in Cognitive Behavioral therapy. I also have worked extensively with those experiencing grief and loss. My professional interests include advances in Attachment Theory and Mindfulness.