I believe that my role as your counselor is to help you identify your strengths, to examine self-defeating behaviors, and to uncover obstacles that are in the way of achieving your goals. I’m straight-talking, warm and friendly, and good-humored. I will see you as an intelligent, collaborative partner in the therapeutic process. As an objective outsider, I can offer a safe space where you can be free to talk honestly about what you are really thinking and feeling. I want to help you find out what is best for you and your future.
I strive to understand your problem and to provide guidance and feedback. I will not just sit back and nod my head.
Although I may explore your family background, my focus is on how to deal with your current issues rather than just on insight into how you developed them. I do not believe that we are prisoners of our childhood. However, these early experiences shape what feels like love and who you need to be in order to be loved.
I believe that therapy should be about you, the Client. But, you also have the right to know about your therapist’s qualifications. I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in the State of California (license number #40947). I am a Clinical Member of both the California Association of Marriage Family Therapists and the American Association of Marriage Family Therapists. I’ve been helping people improve their lives and relationships as a therapist since 2001.
I graduated in 1993 from Cornell University (Go BIG RED) with my BS in Labor Relations. I worked in a variety of administrative and management positions. I had bosses, co-workers, employees, deadlines, and paperwork. Believe me, I understand work place stress. As a former boss and senior human resource manager, I have a unique perspective on why people get both hired and fired.
In 2001, I earned my Master of Arts in Psychology from Phillips Graduate Institute. My training covered all areas of psychotherapy but centered on relationship dynamics. Most of my clients come to see me because they are are worried about their relationship and need some objective feedback as to what their next steps should be.
I am currently a doctoral candidate in Holistic Counseling. My dissertation discusses the merits of meditation to alleviate Post Affair Trauma Symptoms in wives.
I started my private practice in Burbank in 2007. I found that I work well with couples who have a sincere wish to try to stay together.
Through Train of Thought Press, I have authored several relationship books (links will take you to Amazon for the descriptions):
When a Spouse Loses a Parent: What to Say & What to Do (Co-authored with Dr. Irene Rodway)
I have also authored two books specific to Affair Recovery:
All are available on Amazon.com.
A Word to Married Couples:
I am a pro-marriage (both straight and gay) therapist. What does that mean? It means that I actively try to help your marriage and will communicate hope that you solve your marital problems. I am not neutral. I want you to work out your problems and keep your partnership intact. I assume that if you have chosen me as a counselor you hope it works out too. Sound simple? You would be surprised! Be sure to ask any potential relationship therapist her position on this issue.
On a personal note: As the mother of two young boys, I know first hand how life altering becoming a mother can be (and frankly how it can stress even the best of marriages). I believe that even the best relationships take work.
To schedule an appointment please call me at (626) 644-1609 or use my contact form.