I always wanted to be a psychologist, from as far back as I can remember. I was the only kid in my second grade class who knew how to spell “psychologist”, and I’ve been focused on this as a career choice, ever since.
I was on a straight path to pursuing this dream, from my undergraduate studies and through graduate school. I had amazing opportunities to receive extensive training in evidence-based psychotherapies which shaped my career. Today, I specialize in: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). It did not take long to notice the positive impact these therapies were having on my own life. I recognized how universally the techniques apply and the skills work. I can proudly say that I utilize every single skill I encourage my clients to try. And I can tell you that they work. Not many people can say this, but I get to do what I truly love and what I truly believe in. I get to be there for others who need help navigating through difficulties in life, to teach them concrete skills to manage emotions, behaviors, relationships, career, etc. In today’s world, few people have the time or resources to be in therapy forever.
What I appreciate about evidence-based therapies is that they are meant to provide short-term treatment and tangible skills to teach people to help themselves. The evidence-based treatments I provide are designed to be results-oriented. My experience has allowed me to work not only with clients individually, but also with their spouses and parents. I have honed my skills in Integrative Behavioral Couples Therapy, translating CBT techniques to couples who are committed to improving their relationships and this is where my most recent passion lies.
I received my B.A. from University of California, Santa Barbara and my Ph.D. from Fordham University in New York City. I completed an APA-accredited internship at the Sepulveda VA in Los Angeles and a postdoctoral fellowship at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. I have worked in community mental health, residential, day treatment, and intensive outpatient programs, as well as private practice. I have also worked in corporate environments, providing workshops and one on one coaching to help team members recognize and manage their triggers to improve team relations, increase work productivity, maximizing their potential and increase their job satisfaction. I have had the opportunity to speak nationally and internationally on these topics to which I am dedicated.