I believe therapy provides you with a very intimate dialogue with which you can befriend  your "blind spots". By seeing what was unknown in yourself you are able to function and adapt as your healthiest functioning self.

With over 20 years of experience, I have worked with a broad spectrum of clients, both young and young old, who have suffered from many forms of depression, anxiety, and traumas. It is my hope that you feel safe when you walk through my doors.

Certifications/

Education

B.S. -UCSB 1980


M.S.-  CAL STATE LA 1982

 Psy.D. 1996  ABSI

PSY License #: 17798

Sensorimotor Psychotherapist-2018     

Volunteering

 Assistant Clinical Professor: UCLA, Doctoring Program third year medical students.

Assistant trainer for SPI Levels I and II: Continuing with Levels I and II .   

 

Consultant in Training  (SPI) in process 

   

Consultatn

Affiliations

Los Angeles County Psychology

   Association (LACPA)

 

 United States Association of Body 

   Psychotherapy (USABP)

 

California Psych Association (CPA)

 

International Society for the Study 

   of Trauma and Dissosiation(ISSTD)

 

Board of Psychology (BOP)

 

Many Forms of Trauma

I specialize in the treamtent of trauma, which comes in many forms.

Trauma

When your mind and body become so overwhelmed by an event that you cannot process it or make sense of what has happened.

Causes of Trauma

Complex

Trauma

When trauma experiences are perpetuated over a long period of time in which the traumatic-state becomes “the norm”.

Developmental – Growing up in chaotic, unsupportive, and stressful families

Interpersonal Abuse – physical, psychological, sexual, emotional, verbal, financial

Child Abuse – physical or neglect

Sexual Abuse – As a child, adolescent, or adult by a stranger, partner, or family member.

Situational – Accidents, Natural Disasters

Shock Trauma – Victims of Crime

Clinical Approaches

Somatic & Sensorimotor Psychotherapy

Body-oriented therapies that addresses the disconnection that happens between the mind and body resulting from trauma. Trauma lives within the body. This is why talk therapy alone is often insufficient for trauma survivors to heal.

Mindfulness and Meditation Practices

Mindfulness practice helps trauma survivors learn to adopt a present, non-judgmental focus on their thoughts, feelings, and sensations. Meditation is a practice that helps promote relaxation, stress reduction, and an overall improved sense of wellbeing.

Cognitive-Behavioral Psychotherapy

A therapy that teaches how replacing distorted thoughts and beliefs with more accurate and realistic ones results in choosing healthier behaviors.

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

A therapeutic approach that explores how feelings, emotions, and behaviors relate to early life experiences and how unconscious and conscious motivations affect  beliefs and behaviors.

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