This is me now.
This is me much, much earlier in life.
In between? Well, it looked something like this.
I would like to support you and your family as you ride the inevitable ups and downs of the adolescent development period.
Growth is rarely linear. At least, that has been my experience.
My own journey from childhood, adolescence and into adulthood included struggles with school, family relationships, and self-esteem. Yet, I would not trade my life now for anything. As difficult as the challenging moments were, they helped shape and strengthen me into the person I am today.
I am mindful of this as I look at my own children, and reflect on what is in store for them. It is also what motivates me to do the work I do with adolescents and families. Growing up is tough stuff. And it is something that none of us do alone. I was helped by many good people along the way. I would like to be one of those helpers along the way for you, and your family.
I am inspired everyday by my clients and their growth. I am filled with hope and confidence that the seeds of possibility, will grow and eventually thrive, even in those moments when it does not seem possible.
I have worked with adolescents and families for more than a decade. First as a high school teacher, then as a school psychologist and now in private practice as a Licensed Educational Psychologist, #3167.
I believe my unique background gives me in-depth and personal insight into the challenges that adolescents encounter on daily basis. In addition to working with clients individually, I have used this insight to develop and teach classes on:
Parent stress reduction and wellness
Mindfulness for teen stress reduction
Mindfulness for ADHD
Anger management for teens
Social skills programs for adolescents with high functioning autism
Adolescent brain and social development for teachers and caregivers
Guidelines for parenting in the digital age: A primer on adolescent social media and technology use
As an avid learner, I actively pursue training experiences that continue to grow my skills and experience as a mental health professional.
After receiving a masters in counseling with specialization in school psychology at Cal State Northridge, one area that I developed in my post graduate years, is in the application and teaching of mindfulness. I have had the good fortune of studying as a mindfulness practitioner and teacher with well respected institutions such as the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center, UCSD Center for Mindfulness, and Insight LA, as well as with many mentors such as Elisha Goldstein, PhD and Mark Bertin, MD. My mindfulness training coupled with years of personal practice is the foundation of the work I do with clients. It allows me to be truly present with clients in the room, safely holding both of our emotional experiences with care and compassion. This compassionate presence and connection I share with clients is the fertile ground on which honest examination and eventual healing take place.