I have worked with children and adults in a psychotherapy practice since 1982, and I am active in the field of chemical dependency as a marriage, family, and child therapist since. My work is founded on the integration of psychological, emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being. I have studied and practiced meditation, and holistic treatment methods, and 12-step programs for over 30 years. My specialty is somatic psychology, which focuses on the complex relationship between mind and body.
Much of my life has been devoted to the study and practice of different schools of Buddhist meditation and the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon. I use long-term and short-term therapy modalities: psychodynamic, systemic, strategic, cognitive behavioral, EMDR, and indirect Eriksonian hypnosis. Currently, I see a full caseload, run a weekly psychotherapy process group, supervise and educate MFT interns, and present at addiction conferences across the country year-round. I run a year-round workshop, Conscious Couples Recovery, to rehab institutions as an adjunct therapy for aftercare treatment for clients transitioning out of rehab and into everyday living, as well as for the recovering couple that have sober time under their belts.
In addition to being a professional in the mental health field, I am a mother and a wife. I understand firsthand what it means to be in a committed partnership.
The AAMFT-CA Division has recently completed what we believe to be the first Online Certification Program for LGBT Affirmative Psychotherapy in the state, for which I am a contributing author. This 36-CE hour certification is a remarkable training and continuing education opportunity for statewide clinicians of all licensure and for the profession as a whole. We believe that it will be a vital service to both clinicians and those we serve.
2012-2014: Board member of Trudy Goodman's InsightLA, which teaches Vipassana meditation and Mindfulness-based stress reduction to a variety of populations, including people in recovery, the LGBT community, people of color, people with mood disorders, and pregnant mothers. It is affiliated with Jack Kornfield's Spirit Rock Meditation Center, the Center for Religion and Spirituality at Loyola Marymount University, the Insight Meditation Society, the Pediatric Pain Program at UCLA, the Innerkids Foundation, and the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy.
I am a member of the following organizations: International Academy of Behavioral Medicine; Counseling and Psychotherapy, Inc. as a diplomat in professional counseling; American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists; California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists; Buddhist Recovery Meditation Society; American Psychotherapy Association, as a certified relationship specialist; and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Institute, advanced level.
Dissertation In Clinical Psychology for the title of Doctor of Philosophy published in 2005.Download Full Dissertation (PDF)
In 2009, I founded the Conscious Couples Recovery, a workshop for couples in which one or both partners are recovering from addiction and codependency, and looks at how their relationship functions through eight different domains:
Upcoming events to be announced.