I bring 18 years of clinical work and professional experience as a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT #43864) and credentialed art therapist (ATR-CB #04-002) to my practice. My qualifications include undergraduate degree, from Syracuse University, School of Visual & Performing Arts, BFA ‘95, graduate school at Loyola Marymount University, program of Marital & Family Therapy/Art Therapy, MA 2000. My graduate studies focused on family systems theory in conjunction with psychodynamic theoretical concepts as applied in clinical practice and adapted appropriately involving additional treatment modalities specific to treatment setting, population, diagnostic presentation and relevant variables in which my personal approach has evolved into Client Centered approach.
I work individually with each client to achieve and process a historical perspective of presenting concerns, working to collaborate and establish short term and long term treatment goals, while establishing & expanding upon related coping skills & strategies to improve upon presenting emotional and behavioral symptomatology. Additional support is provided to expand upon self concept and bias in a realistic accessible framework through related directives and therapeutic goal orientated interventions which can include art therapy.
I have gained experience in my clinical practice from a variety of different treatment settings which have included non for profit community mental health, intensive outpatient partial hospitalization program with adults, established vendor with WestSide Regional Center providing social skills group therapy in private practice, non profit special education school based setting, short term residential treatment facility for adolescents, in addition to my current scope of private practice as individual outpatient therapist utilizing platform in teletherapy.
I strive to bring integrity to my practice addressing presentations with adults related to trauma, depression, anxiety, sustained recovery, interpersonal communication skills, and life stage challenges, in addition to related symptom management.