Hello and welcome! I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Long Beach, California. I received my MA in clinical psychology from Columbia University in New York, and, after moving to the West Coast in 2012, my Master of Social Work at University of Southern California.
Having undertaken the arduous journey of healing my own Complex-PTSD (C-PTSD), I can say with certainty that there is light at the end of the tunnel. There is nothing more rewarding to me than walking alongside clients as they emerge from the grips of their past. I specialize in working with trauma (“classic” PTSD, C-PTSD, and Developmental trauma), as well as Borderline Personality Disorder and other attachment wounds; I am also passionate about treating grief, identity formation issues, gender and sexuality concerns, challenging family, and romantic relationship dynamics.
I have seen, and thus believe that the therapeutic relationship itself can be an incredibly healing experience. I will meet you where you are with authenticity, warmth and compassion; I believe in the true, core goodness of people (you don’t have to believe me yet!) and find it easy to hold unconditional and consistent positive regard for my clients within this relationship.
Having worked in a diverse array of settings, I bring a diverse array of approaches I am able to tailor to what each client needs. I utilize several modalities for trauma resolution, including Brainspotting, a revolutionary way to process traumas held deep in the brain. Trained in the practice over 15 years ago, I can attest to the power of mindfulness, which is a skill I am passionate about passing on. I utilize the other Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) skills extensively as well. My work is trauma-informed, client-centered, culturally sensitive, and relationship-oriented.
Please call or email for a consultation; I will address your questions or concerns, and we can see if I feel like a good fit for you. The light at the end is well worth the work: you deserve a satisfying and meaningful life abundant with love and connection!