Throughout my career I have been fortunate to work in a variety of settings including community mental health, HIV/AIDS social services, executive coaching, and private practice psychotherapy. In addition I teach continuing education HIV/AIDS classes to other therapists and serve as an expert clinical consultant on issues regarding mental health and social services to a variety of communities impacted by this disease.
We are all individuals and as such “cookie cutter” approaches which treat everybody the same do not work. I have training and experience using a variety of clinical modalities, and will pull from them all to create an approach unique to each client. I tend toward a “strength-based” model which sees the client as the expert in their own life. My job is to act as a guide on the client’s journey, shining the flashlight into the corners and helping to look at those things which are hard to see. But it is the client’s journey – I am a guest, honored to have been invited on their path. I ask a lot of questions – sometimes difficult ones – and help the client search for answers. I tend to be on the “strong” side, believing that people coming in and investing their time and money to talk to a therapist want results. They deserve an engaged, active participant – not somebody who just listens, nods, and gives affirmations (that’s what puppies are for).
Phillips Graduate Institute, Encino, CA Master of Arts - Marriage & Family Therapy; Emphasis In Organizational Behavior Phillips Graduate Institute, Encino, CA Post-Modern/Brief Therapy Training – 12 months University of Redlands, Redlands, CA Bachelor of Science - Business Administration American Institute of Hypnotherapy, Irvine, CA Diploma - Clinical Hypnotherapy; Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFC 36777) Clinical Member, California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists Fellow, American Psychotherapy Association Past Member, American Board of Hypnotherapy