In order to expand my capacity to serve a wider base of clients, I have three additional therapists who work in my practice. Victoria Smith, ASW, and Sabrina Fish, AMFT, all have had intensive clinical training and their compassionate approach to therapy make them excellent clinicians. Read more about Victoria and Sabrina below!
I have always been fascinated by the mind-body connection, especially when it comes to healing emotional wounds. My passion is working with clients in a way that will not only facilitate emotional healing, but will allow them to feel more connected to their bodies in order to foster a greater sense of well-being. This type of therapy is particularly helpful for clients who have experienced trauma and have felt subsequent physical symptoms, and can also be impactful for people who are experiencing anxiety, depression, and any day-to-day stressors. I have worked with numerous clients who were experiencing a variety of physical symptoms from chronic headaches to chronic pain, insomnia to fibromyalgia, who were able to significantly reduce or even eliminate their physical symptoms through the use of mindfulness, cognitive behavioral therapy, and psychodynamic therapy. I strive to help clients regain a sense of confidence and purpose, which directly improves their overall well-being.
I received my undergraduate degrees in psychology and applied psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and continued on to the University of Southern California where I received my Master of Social Work degree.
My research and clinical experience has been with an array of clients from diverse backgrounds. At UCSB I conducted research in local high schools that aimed to determine the most effective methods to prevent dating violence in students in 9th-12th grade. As a clinical intern at USC, I worked in a disabled students program with community college students in Los Angeles who ranged in age from 18-65, where my work focused on helping my clients with life transitions, school and family stressors, and helping clients who were struggling to find their identity and a sense of purpose. I also worked as a clinical intern at the Pain Psychology Center in Beverly Hills, where I gained experience with treating and healing chronic pain through psychotherapeutic approaches including cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and psychodynamic therapy.
I believe every single person can benefit from therapy. We all have wounds that need to be healed and look for a place where we can feel safe speaking about what is on our mind. We are all unique; therefore, I believe therapy should be unique and tailored to each individual’s needs. The therapy room is a safe space for you to talk. A place where you can speak your mind and the focus is on you. My aim isn’t to fix you – you aren’t broken; we all struggle. My hope is that by working together we can help you explore who you truly are. I can guide you on the journey of cultivating self-compassion and strengthening resiliency.
I earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from California State University Long Beach and then continued my education by earning a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University Los Angeles. To further my education, I completed a Certificate in Somatic Psychotherapy at Antioch University Santa Barbara. I am a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT). I have had the opportunity to provide services in various settings including a high school wellness center, outpatient treatment, and residential treatment.
Eating Disorder Center of California (Monte Nido): I worked with adolescents and adults recovering from eating disorders in a Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) and Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). I offered support during snacks, meals, off-site outings, and check-ins.
Family Service Agency of Burbank: I worked with high school students at the on-campus wellness center, where walk-ins were welcome and encouraged. I also provided one-on-one individual sessions and facilitated grief groups during campus crisis support.
Center for Discovery/Discovery Mood & Anxiety Program: I worked with adolescents in two residential treatment programs: eating disorder and mental health. I facilitated groups including Life Skills, Coping Skills, Mindful Teen, Family, F.I.T. (Fitness in Therapy), DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy), Process, and a group I created – Self-Discovery. When clients became dysregulated, I was available for individual check-ins where I incorporated mindfulness and additional coping skills to help ground the client. I was also able to participate in family sessions with a co-therapist.
Sabrina, Victoria 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!