I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist practicing in the South Bay. I earned Bachelor’s of Arts degrees in Psychology and Afro-Ethnic Studies from California State University, Fullerton and a Master’s of Science degree in Counseling with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from California State University, Long Beach. I began my therapy career in 2007 as a therapist at a community mental health agency, working with the families of adolescents involved with the juvenile justice system. Until 2019, I served as the Director of Counseling Services at Woodbury University, a small private university in Burbank, CA.
I am a clinical member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) and am a Past President of the Long Beach-South Bay chapter. In addition, I am an Adjunct Professor at Pepperdine University and contract with an agency in Inglewood.
In my private practice, I work with individuals struggling with depression and/or anxiety as a result of unchecked Impostor Syndrome, and couples experiencing difficulty in their relationships as a result of poor communication and unmet expectations.
My approach to therapy is simple and based off of my two core beliefs: (1) that we can’t change others, but we can change ourselves, and (2) that our past shapes us, but doesn’t define us. Therefore, I employ two models of therapy that both support my core beliefs and compliment each other for a comprehensive therapeutic experience. First, I utilize a style of therapy called Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT). That’s just a fancy way of saying that I believe what we think, impacts how we feel, and that impacts what we do. That is, our thoughts impact our emotions, and our emotions influence our behavior. The analogy I use to illustrate this concept can be seen in a video by clicking here. The other treatment model I use is called Psychodynamic Therapy. This method of treatment focuses on our past, specifically our childhood, to see what we learned about ourselves and the world around us, and then forces us to analyze whether or not those lessons are accurate, appropriate, or useful to us today.
I have found that using these two approaches in concert, create a more meaningful experience for my clients and allows them to address all the factors that are currently impacting their lives in both positive and negative ways.
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, MFC 52608
Master of Science in Counseling, Emphasis Marriage and Family Therapy | CSU, Long Beach
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology | CSU, Fullerton
Bachelor of Arts in Afro-Ethnic Studies | CSU, Fullerton