Hello! I am a compassionate, creative, and pragmatic therapist that help clients process their emotions and build new coping strategies.
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA
My roots and foundation are in a Relational Gestalt Therapy practice. I was so relieved when I found this approach as it is non pathologizing, honoring of the whole person, and pragmatic in its focus to heal and grow. This approach and theory honors the coping strategies that folks have created for themselves as creative and necessary and helps to deconstruct them and create new, more healthy ones. Its emphasis on the mind/body connection helps to create sustainable change in one's life.
I have completed a year of training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. Additionally, I have completed several additional trainings through SPI; including Relational Embedded Mindfulness and Interpersonal Neurobiology through a cultural lens. It was such a natural progression in my work after doing Gestalt psychotherapy for so long, which has a strong emphasis on listening to and tracking the body as a way to heal and grow.
I have worked cross culturally my entire career. Through teachings of Ken Hardy, Shelley Harrell, Beverly Tatum and others I have learned to adopt a cultural humility approach in working with clients. I also continue to unpack and deconstruct issues of white privilege and the institutionalized ways that white supremacy affects everything. I have contributed to book on how to supervise and train White therapists in fostering multicultural competence and humility.
Anxiety can be all encompassing, a full body/mind take over. I work with clients to understand the roots of their anxiety and create new strategies to cope with it. My hope is that clients can both reduce their anxious symptoms and start to have a different relationship with anxiety so that when it comes, they have more tools and compassion to work with.
Often couples wind up in my office stuck on a communication pattern or cyclical issue they face. I work actively with couples on finding ways to communicate their feelings and needs in a way that cultivates compassion and clarity. Collaboratively we implement strategies and interventions to break those cycles and create new ways of relating. I also work with couples who are in non-monogamous relationships; helping them to cultivate consent and collaboration in their relationships.
I have worked extensively with folks with acute and developmental trauma and understand that it impacts all areas of one's life. I am also familiar with secondary reactions to trauma like feelings of shame, lack of control, and helpless. I have a deep understanding of trauma and its associated neurobiology and work with a variety of interventions to help hold and heal traumatic wounds. This includes working somatically to resolve traumatic symptoms in addition to talking through trauma.