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About Me

Working with a therapist is a personal experience and the therapeutic relationship is a critical aspect of successful therapy.  I am available for a free consultation so we can meet face-to-face.  In the meantime, here is some information about me.

I am a California native and have lived in the South Bay since 1996.  Previously, I lived in Chicago, Illinois and in the San Francisco Bay Area.  I have been married for over 30 years and have three adult children.

Education

  • My undergraduate studies were at University of California, Berkeley, and Santa Clara University. 
  • My Masters in Clinical Counseling, with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy, was awarded by Pepperdine University.
  • I have a J.D. from University of California, Davis, School of Law (although I am not currently practicing law).  Prior to beginning my career as a psychotherapist, I practiced law in both California and Illinois.

Clinical Experience
I am currently in private practice working with individuals and couples. Previously, I
 was a psychotherapist at South Bay Center for Counseling (SBCC) in El Segundo counseling adults, adolescents, children, families and couples.  I was also a psychotherapist at The Center for Counseling, Recovery & Growth in Torrance working with adults, adolescents and couples.

 Additional Training and Experience

  • Training in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT);
  • Certified Facilitator for Couples' Relationship Assessment & Skill Building (through Prepare & Enrich program;
  • Certified Bereavement and Grief Counselor:
  • Crisis Counselor at Suicide Prevention Center Crisis Line at Didi Hirsch Community Mental Health Center;
  • Specialized training in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills;
  • Certified Facilitator for Parenting Skills Counseling (through Supporting Father Involvement Initiative);
  • Certificate of Completion in Jungian Studies (through C.G. Jung Institue of Los Angeles); and
  • Certificate of Completion in Mindfulness Awareness Practices (through UCLA MARC).

Process and Support Groups

  • Adolescent Stress and Self-Esteem Group (through SBCC);
  • High School Student Trauma and Bereavement Group (through SBCC); and
  • Men's Parenting Group (through SBCC).

Professional Affiliations

  • California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists (CAMFT)
  • South Bay - Long Beach Chapter of CAMFT - V.P. of Membership
  • American Psychological Association
  • Psi Chi, National Honor Society in Psychology
  • Analytical Psychology Club of Los Angeles
  • C.G. Jung Club of Orange County


 


 

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