Education and Training

It’s important for you to have information on your therapist’s background and training. I received my BA in Creative Studies with a minor in Education and Applied Psychology from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Following this, I received training in Applied Behavioral Analysis and trauma focused therapy at The Help Group in Los Angeles, where I provided early intervention to children on the autism spectrum as well as milieu therapy to children and adolescents dealing with complex trauma and PTSD.

I completed my Master’s of Social Work from San Jose State University in 2010. As part of my graduate training, I worked with Mission Mental Health in San Francisco where I provided therapy, crisis intervention, and case management to adults dually diagnosed with substance abuse and severe psychiatric disorders. I also obtained my Pupil Personnel Services credential, certifying me to provide mental health services in school settings, and giving me specific insight and expertise into the psychosocial challenges faced by my school age clients.

Upon completion of my Master’s, I returned to Los Angeles where I spent the next eight years working with the non-profit Family, Adult, and Child Therapies (FACT). Founded in the 1990’s FACT specializes in providing comprehensive support and mental health services to individuals on the autism spectrum and their families. In my time at FACT, I supervised their school based services, provided assessment and diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders and managed their clinical intern program. During my last several years at FACT, I successfully developed their outpatient mental health clinic expanding the clinical scope beyond autism services and into general mental health including treatment of severe anxiety, mood disorders, eating disorders, and parenting support.

In 2017 I left my position as FACT’s Clinical Director to focus on my private practice full time. In my private practice, I see families, couples, and individuals of all ages and with a variety of diagnoses . I focus on working with anxiety in children and adults, autism spectrum disorders, and maternal mental health including prenatal and postnatal anxiety and mood disorders.