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.
B.S. - UCSB 1980
M.S. - CAL STATE LA 1982
Psy.D. 1996 ABSI
PSY License #: 17798
Certified Sensorimotor Psychotherapist - 2018
Certified Sensorimotor Consultant - 2020
Assistant Clinical Professor: UCLA, Doctoring Program third year medical students.
Assistant Trainer for SPI Levels I & II: Continuing with Levels I & II .
Los Angeles County Psychology
United States Association of Body
California Psych Association (CPA)
International Society for the Study
of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD)
Board of Psychology (BOP)
Many Forms of Trauma
I specialize in the treamtent of trauma, which comes in many forms.
When your mind and body become so overwhelmed by an event that you cannot process it or make sense of what has happened.
When trauma experiences are perpetuated over a long period of time in which the traumatic-state becomes “the norm”.
Causes of Trauma
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
Somatic & Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
Body-oriented therapies that address the disconnection 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.
A therapy that teaches how replacing distorted thoughts and beliefs with more accurate and realistic ones results in choosing healthier behaviors.
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.