I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, LMFT #100798. I received my Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology, LGBT Affirmative Specialization, from Antioch University Los Angeles in 2012. The LGBT Affirmative Track offered me an excellent education regarding the LGBTQ population, and I specifically gravitated towards the following areas:
- Working with LGBTQ+ families
- Working with multicultural/intersectional identity issues within the LGBTQ+ community
- Clinical Issues and Therapeutic Process with Transgender Clients
- LGBT Community Action, including my development of a training curriculum for educating individuals, clinicians, and organizations regarding the specific needs of the LGBTQ Christian community
During my time at Antioch, I began my training at Miracle Mile Community Practice where I engaged in a year-long Narrative Therapy training program in conjunction with seeing adult and adolescent clients coping with sexuality, gender, substance abuse, anxiety, depression, mood regulation, trauma, eating issues, and relationships. I spent the next five years working for Creative Care Malibu, a dual-diagnosis drug and alcohol residential treatment center as an LGBTQ Specialized Therapist and administrator, seeing individuals and running several groups on sexuality, gender, communication, relapse prevention, music therapy, spirituality and anxiety management. I then expanded my work with LGBTQ folks and ran the LGBTQ Program Track at BLVD Treatment Centers, an intensive outpatient program for individuals dealing with substance use issues.
I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Film and Video Production from Brooks Institute, and after working within the entertainment industry for a number of years, I realized that I wanted to help creative people from a psychological perspective to help them enrich their own gifts and talents through various forms of therapy.
Working with people who want their lives to be better is a dream job. Getting to know how people connect to themselves, their passions, their pain, their loved ones, and their futures is a joy beyond belief.
I have been privileged in working with people from all walks of life, whether it be sexuality, gender, race, socioeconomic status, nationality, religious background, physical ability, and/or age. While the majority of my work as a clinician has been centered around the lives of LGBTQ folks and/or artists, I also enjoy and have a breadth of experience in working with others coping with various issues ranging from life transitions to chronic substance issues to processing unresolved trauma.
Outside of in-person clinical work, I also enjoy public speaking, serving on panels regarding LGBTQ issues intersecting with other aspects of life.
- Queer Women of Color Panel at Antioch University (August 2017)
- LGBTQ Spirituality & Addiction Panel - Finding Freedom Symposium (January 2017)
- LGBTQ Millennials Panel - TEN Conference (July 2016)
- InVision Church LA – LGBTQ Identity & LGBTQ Affirming Biblical Examination (Rotating Guest Speaker)
- Human Sexuality Panel at Antioch University (February & May 2016)
- GSA (Gay/Straight Alliance) Guest Speaker - Vaughn High School (March 2015, March 2016)
I am also the co-host of the upcoming YouTube Series / Podcast called “We The Broken Arted” tackling several topics on mental health and music artists, including creativity issues, relationships, and band dynamics. To learn more about "We The Broken Arted", click here.