I became a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFC #44854) in 2007 and have been in private practice in the Los Angeles area since then.
Prior to receiving my master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University in 2005, I spent fifteen years working in the entertainment industry. That journey saw me transition from production and agency assistant to film and television development executive, gaining an intimate understanding of how the business works and the effect it has on the personalities involved, both in front of and behind the camera. I also learned that even if something is “just business” doesn’t mean it can’t feel personal.
During and subsequent to completing my master’s degree, I trained for two years at the Los Angeles LGBTQ Center as an intern/associate providing mental health services. This was followed by working as a CalWORKS therapist at Didi Hirsch Community Mental Health in Inglewood, CA, and then as a Program Director at Bridges to Recovery, a private, residential mental health facility in West Los Angeles.
In 2011, I completed a year-long psychoanalytic psychotherapy certificate program at the Los Angeles Institute and Society for Psychoanalytic Studies (LAISPS). This deepened my understanding of how very early life experiences shape how we manage our feelings in interpersonal relationships and the defenses unconsciously developed to protect us from our developmental traumas. In the fall of 2014, I completed a 6-month trauma studies program at LAISPS to deepen my understanding of the effects of all types of traumas, from those caused by war and crime to those caused by abuse and through the natural course of development.