I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, helping children, adolescents, families and individual adult clients with depression, trauma, anxiety and eating disorders.
My undergraduate degree was from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and I continued on for my M.A. in Psychology at Phillips Graduate Institute, formerly known as California Family Study Center.
After 15 years of private practice in Beverly Hills and Pacific Palisades, I moved from my Beverly Hills location to exclusively see clients in Pacific Palisades.
I am Certified in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), a modality used to lessen the physical and emotional effects of trauma, and I am also trained in The Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM), a somatic-based healing model that offers tools to help the traumatized client shift emotional states inside their body.
From 1995 – February 2016, I held a position as out-patient therapist for Monte Nido Treatment Center, a residential eating disorder treatment center in Malibu, California.
As a lover of horses, I have learned and appreciate the extent to which a powerful animal can help humans heal by guiding us through non-verbal communication to learn about ourselves and others. After experiencing this process myself, I became Certified in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) through the Equine Assisted Growth And Learning Association (EAGALA), an experiential approach to helping people learn and grow by participating in activities with horses.
Note that the EAGALA approach requires no prior horse experience, clients do not mount the horses and all activities are done from the ground.
I currently alternate my time with clients by either seeing them inside my private practice office or outside on a ranch doing activities that incorporates horses. Either way, I find my work to be gratifying, effective, always interesting and hopeful.
Psychotherapy License LMFT
001074 New York