I received my Bachelors in Elementary Education and Psychology and my Masters in Social Work in Boston and have been working in the field of mental health for over 20 years.
My first job out of graduate school was at Catholic Home Bureau in NYC, where I treated birthmothers, experiencing unplanned pregnancies and couples struggling with infertility issues; as well as families created through adoption and the ensuing issues in the adoption triad.
I went on to become a therapist at the Rader Institute, an inpatient facility treating clients struggling with anorexia, bulimia and compulsive overeating using a twelve Step Model. Simultaneously, I worked At Monte Nido, another inpatient eating disorder program, utilizing a behavioral model.
Over the past seven years I have worked as a therapist in a variety of settings. First I worked at West Coast Counseling, running successful men’s and women’s groups as well as treating individuals, couples and families dealing with addiction, depression and or anxiety related issues. I spent two years working as a therapist at Recovery Help Now, where I trained under Elana Clark-Faler, LCSW, CSAT-S in the area of sex and love addiction. Then I worked for two years at Santa Monica Counseling Center, under the supervision of Lea Roussos, LMFT, who specializes in eating disorders and healing trauma.
From January of 2016 to January 2017 I worked as a therapist at Hosanna Counseling Center, a nonprofit agency in Santa Monica, I received training and supervision with Vicent Staraci, LMFT, who specialized in AEDP therapy and Christian Counseling. Finally I did a brief five month stint at Miracle Mile Community Practice under the supervision of David Marsten, LCSW who is a pioneer in the field of Narrative Therapy. I am very grateful for the varied and excellent supervision I received over the years. It all comes into play with my "one size does not fit all" therapy style.
I am trained in Dialectal Behavioral Therapy, Psychodynamic Group Therapy, and Attachment Theory. I have also been a member of GPALA, The Group Psychotherapy Association of Los Angeles.
Additionally, I am a Meisner and Groundling trained actor/voice over actor, so I have an understanding of artists and the industry. I am a big believer in the power of creativity in healing, health and happiness.