I started my Hermosa Beach, CA, therapy practice with the goal of helping individuals navigate life’s challenges. Ultimately, my hope is that therapy will enable my clients to lead happier and healthier lives. In order to expand my capacity to serve a wider base of clients, I have two additional therapists who work in my practice. Kristina Cleland, AMFT, and Macy Grimm, PCCI, both have had intensive clinical training and their compassionate approach to therapy make them excellent clinicians. Read more about Kristina and Macy below!
Do you ever feel alone with issues you are going through and there is nobody who will understand? You took a courageous first step in reaching out for support and guidance. Everyone goes through a period of time in their lives that may feel overwhelming or difficult to deal with alone. It is helpful to learn how to face these challenges and painful emotions in a safe and nonjudgmental space. I am here to provide a comfortable environment to guide you through the struggles you are experiencing so that you can develop your own inner strength, gain a better understanding of self, and reach your full potential.
I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from San Diego State University. I then earned a Master’s degree in Marriage & Family Therapy (MMFT) from the University of Southern California (USC). I am a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists—CAMFT. My work experience includes:
Homeless Health Care Los Angeles (HHCLA): I worked with the homeless population suffering from co-occurring disorders, where I utilized a myriad of therapy approaches, such as evidence-based, client-centered approaches to mind and body well-being, and drug and alcohol addiction management.
California Institute of Behavioral Analysis—Leafwing Center: I was an applied behavior analyst working with children on the Autism Spectrum in the Torrance Unified School District. My work included working with children with autism in the public school setting and home-based setting to incorporate the family in task-driven programs to help them understand and cope with effective ways to approach situations and struggles with their child.
College Hospital, Long Beach: I work as a therapist and case manager for adults with severe mental illness and co-occurring disorders. I have experience facilitating Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) group, Seeking Safety group, Addiction group, Grief and Loss group, Women’s Support group, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) group. I also conduct family and couples therapy as part of the treatment and recovery of the clients. In my work experience with addiction and depression, I am deeply aware that not only are the clients impacted by addiction, but their families are affected too. I understand the importance of working with clients’ families, both independently and as a group.
I am passionate about working with children and young adults. I provide clients with the resources to help them identify their strengths, overcome challenges, and experience personal growth. I offer many creative therapy methods such as play therapy, art therapy, and sand tray therapy. I help my clients use their inherent strengths to create both deep personal healing and practical change. I believe that encouragement and self-efficacy are core components of a healthy individual. My compassionate and nonjudgmental support with clients and their families makes difficult times feel less painful and more manageable. I specialize in Play Therapy with children and also teach positive parenting techniques. Parents can model healthy communication patterns and have a better understanding of their child’s needs.
I take a holistic and nonjudgmental approach to counseling. I believe in meeting the client where he/she is and working with them to help develop a greater sense of self and a more positive outlook on life.
I received my Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Georgia State University. I specialize in Play Therapy, Adventure Therapy, and Traumatology. I have additional experience with behavioral issues, cultural issues, psychobehavioral diagnosis, crisis intervention, and mindfulness meditation. I have previous experience working as a clinician at Stillwater Family Therapy where I worked mainly with children, adolescents, teens, and parents.
Kristina, Macy, and I are here to provide you with the counseling services that you need. For more information about my practice and the services we offer, please contact us or schedule your first therapy appointment today. We look forward to hearing from you!