Psychotherapy for Individuals and Couples

Individuals with an autism diagnosis can benefit hugely from psychotherapy, but it is important to work with a therapist who is well versed and sensitive to the specific strengths and challenges that come with being on the spectrum. I work with my clients as they struggle with the complexities of friendships and relationships, feeling comfortable and accepted in work and school environments and channeling special interests into productive pursuits. I frequently work with adults in their 20’s and 30’s as they develop their independence, social confidence, and self-direction.

I also work with couples where one (or both) partners is on the spectrum, providing a safe and supportive space to work through communicative differences and learn a synergistic language that allows the needs of both partners to be met.

Family, School, and IEP Support

After eight years of supervising school based services within Los Angeles Unified School District I have a keen understanding of FAPE laws, the IEP system, and what a “best-fit” truly looks like. I work with families, perform school observations, and collaborate with multi-modal treatment teams to determine the necessary supports for academic success.

I also work with families to process what this diagnosis might mean for their child and for the family. I work with siblings and the family unit to make sure that all parts of the family system are able to get their needs met in a way the works for the family as a whole.