Throughout my professional career, I’ve worked with a diverse population, including artists, children, and the corporate community. After receiving my undergraduate degree from Boston University in Film & Television, I worked in the entertainment industry with actors, writers, producers, and musicians.
Once I realized my true passion was in psychology and the art of psychotherapy, I earned my master’s degree in psychology from Phillips Graduate Institute. During my studies, I worked as a trainee with the California Family Counseling Center and the Los Angeles Unified School District counseling children. As a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern, I began my private practice in Los Angeles and was a therapist at the Los Angeles LGBT Center, the world's largest provider of programs and services for the LGBTQ community.
Currently, I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Florida (MT 3423) and California (LMFT 87595). I work with individuals (including adults, adolescents, and children), couples, and families in a private practice setting. I have special interests in working with artists and the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ) community on issues related to anxiety, depression, romantic relationships, family tension, cultural oppression, and gender identity. I also have a special interest in working with couples and individuals who are considering, or are in the process of, creating families.
Specializing in Anxiety, Depression, Relationships LGBTQ+ Issues, and Fertility Issues
Anxiety seems like the ever-present issue in all of our lives. And it's completely understandable why. These days, if you're not doing five things at once, you're not being productive. We're texting while driving, emailing while eating, and working while trying to relax. It's just too much. When we're overwhelmed by information, we don't have a lot of space for peace, patience, or personal care. And that leaves us bereft of the coping skills we need to be the people we want to be.
Depression is incredibly hard to deal with. It feels like a fungus that has grown over you, making it almost impossible to function in the world. Depression is a cycle that makes you feel like you just can win: In order to decease your depression, you'd have to take action; but it's your very depression that's making you feel like action is impossible.
Romantic relationships require vulnerability, intimacy, trust, and presence. They ask you to put yourself out there, get hurt, and go back for more. It's no wonder so many of us find relationships challenging!
For many of us, vulnerability and intimacy can be uncomfortable and hard to achieve in a stable and healthy way. Most couples I speak to feel hurt and frustrated that they're not getting what they want from their partner. They're focusing on all the ways in which they're different from their partners, and how they feel stuck in dysfunctional patterns. And they're worried that nothing will change.
Members of the LGBTQ+ community are three times more likely to experience mental health issues than non-members of the LGBTQ+ community. That statistic speaks volumes. In a heteronormative culture where cisgendered straight people are the dominant group, it can be incredibly difficult to be an outsider. Whether you are transgender, lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, queer, intersex, or any of the other beautiful things under the LGBTQ+ rainbow, you've already had to fight hard to be who you authentically are.
Family planning and fertility struggles can be incredibly stressful. Whether you're heterosexual or in the LGBTQ+ community, getting help from a therapist can be a game-changer. I've worked with couples and individuals who are emotionally and physically preparing themselves to start a family, as well as couples and individuals who have been in the process of starting a family for some time.