Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT 92791)
“Love is a constant process of tuning in, connecting, missing and misreading cues, disconnecting, repairing and finding deeper connection. It’s a dance of meeting and parting and finding each other again. Minute to minute and day to day.” ~ Sue Johnson
Relationships can bring us the greatest source of joy, adventure and constancy in our lives. They can also, at times, leave us feeling misunderstood, frustrated and alone. It’s so important to effectively communicate our needs in relationships, and be curious about the needs of others. Sometimes we hold back and wish we knew how to have these conversations. At times, we might not realize how much our early life experiences are connected to the present day. Cultural experiences also influence the ways we engage with the world around us. I can help you discover what you’d like more of in your relationships, and how to authentically share those feelings with the people most important to you in your life. Together, we can practice ways to bring up those conversations, so you can feel more confident.
In working with many families in my practice, I’ve seen how gratifying it can be when these relational breakthroughs happen. I’ve seen families become aware of the unique cycles and patterns that evolve between each other, and develop ways to be more in tune with each other. By generating flexibility, curiosity and open-mindedness in your relationships, you will be able to navigate even the toughest situations. I am skilled in applying these principals with couples, friendships, extended family and workplace relationships.
A particular interest of mine is the intergenerational challenges in families. Grandparents often take on the unique and challenging task of helping with childcare. I’ve seen firsthand the challenges this can bring up for families, as well as the love and togetherness these experiences bring. I can help your family come together in creating clearer plans for navigating these responsibilities and roles, as well as ways to refine the values your family holds.
My approach is relational, active and direct. I often use humor in session and enjoy bringing my authentic self into the room. My hope is that in doing so, it brings greater lightness and ease to the therapeutic space. I am also interested in aspects of the mind/body connection. I’ve seen the value in helping my clients engage in releasing stored emotion through movement and meditation.
I earned my Master’s degree at the Phillips Graduate Institute and my Bachelor’s degree at the University of Colorado at Boulder. I also have a certificate from UCLA Extension in Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counseling.
When I’m not practicing therapy, I enjoy being a part of my CrossFit community and adventuring throughout this great city of Los Angeles.