My Trainings and Experiences
I began working as a therapist in 2003 with a special interest in helping children and families. I am trained as a Psychologist to treat individual children, individual adults, and families. Sometimes I treat the child individually, other times I work with a whole family. I also treat parents alone and see the child improve by the work the parents are doing. In my training as a Psychologist I have provided treatment to adults who want to do their therapy work on their own, separate from their families, both in short-term and long-term treatment models.
My experience with families include: traditional 2 parent homes, separated parents trying to peacefully co-parent together, families with a traumatic loss, same-sex parents, blended families, adoptive and foster families, and families with an individual having a terminal illness receiving Hospice services. I provide treatment from an Attachment and Relational perspective as I have often seen that once the bond (and relationships) are improved that other issues tend to become easier to deal with or simply remedy themselves. However, I also recognize the individual culture of each family and that no one approach will work with every family. I conduct in depth assessment of each client to best determine what the needs are and how to address those needs.
Work with Children:
Throughout my training I have learned to incorporate various theories and techniques into my treatment. With children I utilize play therapy, sand-tray therapy, art therapy, trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy (TF-CBT), and/or Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing therapy (EMDR). Psychodynamic play therapy and sand-tray therapy are both very different from TF-CBT and EMDR. Not every technique works for every child. After my in depth assessment I will recommend which therapy would be most beneficial to your child. I also treat adolescents with these same techniques, although many teens prefer standard “talk therapy”, I do find that some teens benefit from some of the non-verbal, or play-like, techniques too. I have frequently worked with adolescents who go from first sessions of “refusing to talk” to finding ways of expressing themselves with play, art, or music.
Work with Adults:
My psychology training with adults continues with an attachment and relational perspective. In my experience, some adults come to therapy wanting to talk about issues carried over from childhood and others want to focus on current relationship or work issues. In my training and experiences, I have seen successful outcomes when examining how past relationships (attachments) and past experiences continue to affect adult relationships in the present moment. Adults can benefit tremendously to identify how ghosts from the past continue to haunt them in their current lives. Once this is recognized, individuals often stop falling into patterns from their past and become free to make the changes to live the life they envision for themselves. Due to time constraints, I do offer short-term treatment for those who want to focus on building skills to cope with stress, symptoms of depression or anxiety, or other clinical concerns.
Children and Adults:
I started working with trauma victims and treating PTSD shortly after becoming a therapist and continue to treat both children and adults who experienced trauma. I am trained to provide EMDR treatment which is very effective for some types of trauma. For some individuals EMDR is useful initially and other follow-up treatment might be recommended. I have experience with treating a variety of traumas and will make specific recommendations for treatment based on the type of trauma, the age of occurrence, and whether it was a single trauma or multiple incidents of trauma.
As a Psychologist I also have extensive training and experience with Psychological Testing of both children age five and up, as well as adults. There are different types of testing batteries that can be completed and can range from 5 to 10 hours depending on what the referral is asking to examine, as well as additional time for the report. Please contact me for details.
-Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles
-Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology with Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University, Los Angeles
-Bachelors Degree in Psychology, minor in Theology from Georgian Court College, New Jersey
Specialized Trainings in:
-Sand Tray Therapy
-Child Parent Psychotherapy
-EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
-Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy