ABOUT

 
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Welcome

Whether by referral or by finding me on your own, it’s likely you are looking for some assistance to discover a personal insight, to address a challenge you have been experiencing, and/or to heal a past wound.

I have created this website so that you can get to know me and whether my approach to therapy aligns with you and your goals.

You’ve taken a courageous step. I look forward to hearing your story and helping to create a space where you can learn more about yourself and the life you want to live. In our work together, my commitment to you centers around you, exploring your challenges and strengths, and creating transformation.

In simple summary, my approach is based in mindfulness and integrating body + mind. I believe in our power to heal and transform, and the possibility of experiencing life in a new, more expansive way that is more in alignment with your best self.

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My Training

I am an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (#107227) working in private practice under the supervision of Angela Aiello, LMFT #45128 and at the Southern California Counseling Center under the supervision of Lea Roussos, LMFT #38398; Joan Lavick, LMFT #31244; and, Doug Hales, LMFT #27832.

Incorporating more than 15 years of yoga, meditation, and mindfulness practices into my therapeutic work, I am completing my 3,000 hours of supervised professional experience.

Prior to becoming a psychotherapist, I worked for more than a dozen years in education policy, advising members of Congress, university Presidents, researchers, and other policy leaders. I bring to my practice a unique understanding of those who work in high pressure and high intensity settings, including leaders, academics, politicians, and strategic thinkers.

As a believer in lifelong learning, I continue my studies in therapeutic approaches and interventions, as well as ongoing personal insight through mindfulness and yoga. I have taught yoga since 2007, owned a community yoga studio in West Los Angeles, and am certified through the Yoga Alliance as a E-200 RYT/500 RYT.

My MFT is from the University of Southern California, and I also have a Master’s and PhD in education policy and organizational leadership from the University of Minnesota, as well as a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Through this combination of study with mentors and teachers, personal application and practice in my own life, and curiosity about the mystery and magic of life my understanding continues to evolve through a growth mindset.

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My Philosophy

We are born in to a life with a unique combination of tendencies and sets of traits. We are born with a core self. Layered on top is a set of learned behaviors and a personality developed from early experiences, and experiences over a life time.

What makes us uniquely human brings us both the joy and suffering of life. Feelings, thoughts, emotions, behaviors, and actions become our habits and patterns of behaviors that create our life.

Some parts of our lives may feel functional and like they work and other parts may feel dysfunctional and like they don’t.

Dysfunctional patterns can create an experience of “stuck” or a downward depressive spiral or emotional and relational anxieties and dysregulation. It is this very suffering and discomfort that— if we are aware enough— can be the catalyst for positive, upward spiral of change, moving us out of “stuck” or a downward spiral. The initial trigger for this positive change is awareness.

Our current perspective may be keeping us locked in stuck; expanded awareness creates a key to this lock.

The human experience inevitably deals with psychological suffering; every human will experience suffering many times during a lifetime, in small and big ways. The opportunity is to grow and move through the suffering with greater ease.