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 three additional therapists who work in my practice. Marilyn Ashley, MFTi, Jesyka Lueck MFTi, and Macy Grimm, PCCI, all have had intensive clinical training and their compassionate approach to therapy make them excellent clinicians. Read more about Marilyn, Jesyka, and Macy below!
I’m thankful you are here today! Each of us have faced some sort of trouble, struggle, loss or transition that has felt like our breath has been taken away. Life can present us with many challenges along with all of the beautiful moments. During these times it is helpful to know you are not alone and that there is a safe space for you to come, to simply be and… to thrive. It would be my pleasure and honor to offer you this space and my goal is to become a partner with you in the process of exploring these experiences.
Finding the right therapist is paramount. The match between therapist and client is essential for successful therapy. Together we will determine if I am the right therapist for you. I approach our work together from various perspectives and tailor make our sessions so that you feel confident that your goals are being heard and addressed. I offer a direct and positive style of therapy and will help you find and affirm your strengths and hold the space for you to begin to recognize and use them.
I earned a Bachelor’s in Sociology from UCLA. I went on to earn a Master’s from Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology, with an emphasis in Marriage Family Therapy. In the past I have worked at OPICA Adult Memory Care Center with dementia clients and their families and caregivers. I provided individual and group therapy. I also counseled at Harbor Area Counseling Center in San Pedro working with a wide range of culturally and age diverse populations. I provided individual and couples therapy. In my current practice I work with individuals, adolescents, families, couples and caregivers.
To begin this journey takes vulnerability and bravery. I’m glad you are here today taking the first and important step towards a more meaningful and purposeful life. With nonjudgmental and empathetic values, I create a collaborative and specialized treatment plan to help increase you or your family member’s empowering sense of self. I encourage personal choices towards fulfillment while supporting and motivating exploration. Together, my hope is you leave happier and more connected to who you really are.
I earned my Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University, and received with honors by PsiChi, the International Honor Society in Psychology. I am also a current member of CAMFT, California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists.
I have had the privilege of working for and with a multiple of different types of communities. I have led several parent support groups and individually counseled students at Mychals Learning Place (www.mychals.org), a center to help encourage independence in the special needs population including those struggling with the impact of autism and down syndrome. I am currently an active board member. I have worked at Journey Counseling Ministry (www.journeyscounseling.com), counseling individuals, couples and families referred by our beach cities community of local churches. I also have experience with working with at-risk, gang affected teenagers at Cloud and Fire Youthbuild (www.cloudandfire.org) where I volunteered my time counseling students aspiring to complete their GED. In addition, I have led multiple caregiver support groups and client support groups for those struggling with the hardships of Alzheimers and other forms of demenita at OPICA (www.opica.org). Lastly, my area of focus is with infertility and adoption and will begin a support group with Redondo Union High School (www.redondounion.org) in Winter 2017.
Marilyn, Jesyka, 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!