Therapy is a collaborative process that seeks to restore or improve daily functioning and a sense of well-being for the client. It can help people more effectively manage thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that get in the way of happiness and motivation. It can also treat the symptoms of past and present trauma, anxiety and depression, as well as offer support with other common problems such as relationship issues, stress management, significant life transitions, and coping with difficult and unwanted feelings.
Ultimately, therapy can heighten self-awareness and help us understand and accept ourselves more deeply within the broad context of our lives.
counseling and support FOR women
Having completed my clinical training at the Women's Clinic and Family Counseling Center in Los Angeles, and drawing on my life experiences as a daughter, friend, partner, mother, student, professional—and human being— I understand and am committed to supporting women through the many life changes and specific challenges we encounter, including:
dating, partnering and marriage/premarital counseling
fertility, pregnancy, and childbirth
pregnancy loss: miscarriage and abortion
shame and low self-esteem
relationship problems & creating healthy boundaries
love & relationship addiction
support with a spouse or parent’s mental illness, addiction, physical or emotional absence, and otherwise difficult parent/child relationships
grief & loss
career challenges and creative stagnation
Significant life decisions and transition
Please Note: Though my practice focus is working with women, teens, and young adults, I very much welcome the opportunity to work with clients of all ages and genders. I also work with couples on a limited basis; please inquire.
teens and young ADULTS
Becoming an adult is difficult. It's even harder when you're overrun with worry and fear about the future and the ways in which everything seems to be changing at lightning speed.
I specialize in helping emergent young adults manage the confusion and overwhelm of moving from adolescence into adulthood. Some of the issues young people work with me on include:
Navigating changing relationships with friends, family, and parents
Concerns and worries about moving on to college
Exploring gender and sexuality
Feeling lost in trying to answer, "What do I want to do with my life?" and “Who am I?”
Anxiety about school, career, dating, and socializing
Low self-esteem and worries about measuring up and fitting in
Loneliness and feeling different than your peers
Relationship counseling for young adults and their parents
EMDR is a highly effective, evidence-based treatment for trauma. After a successful EMDR session, clients can recall past events with much less emotional pain and reactivity, and they’re often no longer affected by intrusive thoughts and upsetting flashbacks involving troubling images, sounds, and feelings associated with the trauma. Many clients experience great improvement in their symptoms and problems, including:
effects of growing up in a stressful, chaotic, or abusive home
anxiety (generalized, performance, social, academic)
fears (flying, public speaking, animals, open spaces, heights, medical procedures)
limiting behaviors and thought patterns
Take a look at my EMDR page to find out more.
online Therapy & Phone Sessions
In addition to providing therapy in my Santa Monica office, I offer online therapy through a secure and confidential platform for clients wanting or requiring the convenience of virtual services. Meet with me from your desktop, laptop, tablet, or phone.
Last minute work demands, illness, or travel? I also offer phone sessions when life gets in the way.
Are you a new mom struggling to adjust to motherhood, or someone experiencing a health or medical issue that prevents or makes it difficult for you to come into the office? I offer a few weekly in-home therapy sessions for women needing flexibility but who prefer a more traditional, intimate connection than online therapy provides. Please contact me to find out more.
traditional or intensive therapy format
Typical psychotherapy sessions are 50-60 minutes. I often find that an extended time frame is very helpful for really digging in and getting to the heart of the matter, especially at the beginning of therapy. Intensive format sessions are usually 90-120 minutes, based on the individual needs of the client. Contact me to find out more.
Have a special need not listed here?
Feel free to reach out and ask, and I’ll be happy accommodate you if possible.