Decades of personal, professional and educational experiences have shaped who I am as a therapist and helped me develop my individualized and client-centered approach to healing and growth.
Prior to becoming a psychotherapist, I was President and CEO of a large warehouse and distribution center based in Chicago, IL. After 20 years working in the business world, I faced a family crisis and witnessed the power of therapy first hand. It was time to pursue my lifelong dream offering professional support to people facing individual struggles.
After I graduated with my master’s degree in clinical psychology, I worked in an adolescent psychiatric hospital for six months, helping inpatients and developing a summer program for outpatient teens. As part of my internship, I helped incarcerated women develop bonding techniques with their babies and toddlers. It was due to this work that I was nominated for the prestigious award of “California Woman of the Year.”
My work with teens and families eventually sparked my interest in assisting couples. I learned how important the bond is between partners. I decided to specialize in relationship counseling because I love to be a part of couples’ transformations, watch them grow together and help them nurture revitalized bonds.
Aside from my professional work, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, painting, traveling, exercising and cooking. In my community, I serve on a couple of neighborhood committees and local boards, including working as an on-call therapist for the suicide prevention board in the desert. Pro bono, I also teach important life skills at a local shelter.
After 20 years of therapy experience, I know how painful life challenges can be. I also know that with the help of an experienced therapist, you can learn more about yourself and effectively work toward a fulfilling life. I’m here to help you reach your goals and further your growth.
If you would like to learn more about how I work or how therapy can help you, I invite you to call to discuss your needs and setup an appointment.
Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology with a Specialization in Advanced Couples and Family Therapy and a Bachelors of Art’s degree in Psychology from John F. Kennedy University in Orinda, CA.
Certifications and Specializations:
Graduate of The Developmental Model of Couples Therapy Training under Ellyn Bader Ph.D. at The Couples Institute.
Certified in “Emotionally Focus Therapy for Couples”
Certified in “The Marriage Expert” Program
Trained under Salvador Minuchin, M.D. in Family Therapy
Certified in “Parent Educators” Training
Trained in Domestic Violence
Certified in the “Grief and Recovery” Program
Specialization in California Problem Gambling Treatment
California Advanced Alcohol & Drug Certificate
Registered Clinical Supervisor