About My Work

The young people I am fortunate to work with are caring, adaptive, creative people who feel empty, stuck, or lost, either in one particular life domain (e.g., "What career do I choose?") or in a more general and pervasive manner. 

I love helping my clients sift through the mess our culture has heaved upon them in order to identify and follow their true callings as individuals and members of the unique community of Los Angeles. 

In doing so, I use techniques from from a variety of therapeutic modalities including Gestalt, Solution-Focused, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Recently, Buddhist philosophy has also guided my work.

My ultimate perspective as a therapist and human being is existential in essence; in other words, the idea that we have only a limited time on Earth can inform not only mental health symptoms, but healing and authentic growth as well.

 

Areas of specialization include:

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Phase of Life issues/ Transitions

  • Self-Esteem and Assertiveness

  • Body Image and Binge Eating

  • Relationships

 

A native New Yorker who grew up mostly in the San Fernando Valley, I graduated from New York University with a Bachelors’ of Fine Arts in Drama in 2001, and earned my Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy at the University of Southern California in 2009.

 

In addition to being licensed by the State of California, I am a current member in good standing of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT).

Meet Lucy.

 

Because of the proven positive effect of animals on people's mood, I often bring my dog Lucy to the office. If we start working together, it is likely you will have some face time with this 30-pound French hound.

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