I have been in private practice for more than thirty years. I specialize in the treatment of patients struggling with anxiety and depression, physical and psychosomatic illness, trauma, and problems with intimacy and relationships. I have taught and lectured in the community and UCLA Medical Center on various topics including eating disorders, borderline personality disorder, impact of divorce on children, child abuse, and child abuse and trauma recovery in adulthood.
Prior to private practice, I worked as a clinical social worker at UCLA Medical Center providing critical emotional support for patients and families coping with serious illness. Because of my time working in a hospital setting, I developed a strong interest in the psychological aspects of physical illness and continue to work with patients struggling with health issues.
I received my B.A. and MSW from UCLA and went on to receive my PhD at The Graduate Center for Child Development and Psychotherapy. My clinical orientation is psychodynamic however I have now incorporated a modality called Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) into my work. I have found this technique to be effective in helping patients who are suffering with poor self-esteem, self-defeating behavior patterns, anxiety and relationship difficulty. Read about my approach for more details.
I would describe my therapeutic style as active, engaged, warm and direct. My belief is that a therapy that goes on for too long is a failed therapy. We will work in the most efficient matter to resolve your problems and resume a happier life.
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