Welcome! I am an LCSW providing psychotherapy to adults and couples. In addition to talk therapy, I incorporate aspects of somatic work, which is mindful attention to what is held non-verbally in the body. If you are interested in somatic work, we will together explore patterns in the body, whether from trauma or other life experiences, that may be impacting you in the present. Clients often tell me that learning to pay attention to the body provides an additional path toward healing that talk therapy alone has not.
I often see clients to explore adjustments to changing life circumstances or who are experiencing low mood, depression, anxiety, panic, OCD, fertility, grief, trauma, and PTSD. I worked for over ten years in the field of domestic and international adoption with prospective parents, new parents, multi-racial families, birth mothers, and adoptees, and spent many years working with foster children who were victims of physical abuse, sexual abuse, emotional abuse, and neglect. In addition, I worked with youth in the role of school therapist. I have presented in the community numerous times on the subjects of adoption, foster care, and infertility. I earned my Master's Degree (MSW) from UCLA in 1999 and became licensed as an LCSW in 2001. I draw primarily from Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Attachment-Focused EMDR, Janina Fisher's TIST model, and Integrative Body Psychotherapy practices and principles. My office is set in nature and is surrounded by calming mountain views. Covid friendly practices are in place.
I am married and have two wonderful children and a dog. In my free time, I enjoy hiking and breathing in fresh mountain and ocean air.
Completed Trainings and Certifications: Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Certified Practitioner, Level 3 Attachment-Focused Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Level 3, Laurel Parnell Living with the Legacy of Loss and Grief, 4 part series, Janina Fisher TIST Level 1, Janina Fisher Integrative Body Psychotherapy (IBP), Certified Practitioner Working with DID, Parts 1 and 2, Cristina Mardirossian Working with Trauma-Related Dissociation Series, Janina Fisher UCLA MARC, Mindful Awareness Practices, MAPS Level 1 and 2, Marvin Belzer
As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. (Mahatma Gandhi)