When adults and children alike build an awareness and understanding of their emotional worlds, they are better equipped to cope with life’s challenges. As your therapist, I will provide a non-judgmental empathic relationship in which we will explore the unique experiences and emotions, both past and present, that bring you to therapy today. Young clients may not yet be able to name their feelings, or have an awareness of what triggers challenging behaviors. Through Play Therapy, I will support your child to process “big” feelings, increase their emotional vocabulary, and develop positive coping skills. With very young clients (0-5), it is often most effective to work with the primary caregiver and child together (“dyadic” therapy). With older children, I employ evidence-based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (“CBT”) and Mindfulness techniques when appropriate. I understand that it can take courage to come to therapy. I will listen intently and carefully as we navigate challenges together. It is truly an honor to help children, parents, and adults as they work towards improving their quality of life. Some of the child/parenting issues I help with are: anxiety, depression, grief/loss, attachment difficulties, emotional regulation/impulse control, ADHD, OCD, trichotillomania, developmental delays, autism spectrum, perinatal/postpartum, separation, tantrums, sleep, and sibling rivalry. Some of the adult issues I help with are: anxiety, depression, challenges in interpersonal relationships, poor self-esteem, life transitions, and grief/loss. I believe that the therapeutic relationship itself is essential to change. Since each therapist has a unique style of relating, I encourage you to come in for an initial consultation to see if I am a good fit for you or your child. I received my masters in social work from UCLA’s School of Public Affairs and Social Welfare. I completed internships at Cedars-Sinai’s Cheerful Helpers Child and Family Study Center, and Harbor-UCLA Medical’s Acute Psychiatric Inpatient Unit. Upon graduating from UCLA, I received The California Society for Clinical Social Work Gerda Lawrence Award for outstanding graduate academic and field studies with children. As an associate, I completed an adult outpatient psychiatry fellowship at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center where I facilitated and co-facilitated groups on mindfulness for depression, trauma, and young women's issues. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker licensed by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (License# LCS 27254). I am a member of the National Association of Social Workers and the California Association of Clinical Social Workers.
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