I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, licensed in California (#100798) and am also registered as an Out-Of-State Telehealth provider for the state of Florida (#TPMF292). 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 multicultural/intersectional identity issues within the LGBTQ+ community
Working with LGBTQ+ families
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 six years working for Creative Care, Inc. 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 an LGBTQ Program Track at an intensive outpatient program for individuals dealing with substance use issues. I opened my private practice in 2017, and in 2018, I joined the incredible team at the LGBTQ-specific La Fuente Hollywood Treatment Centers as a therapist and later as their Clinical Director. I have been in full-time private practice since March 2020, and utilized my quarantine time to become more versed in working with folks who have experienced trauma. I am an EMDR-trained therapist, specifically trained in Attachment-Focused EMDR, developed by Laurel Parnell, and trained at the Parnell Institute. To find out more about EMDR, click here. Also in 2020, I joined the incredible team at The Christian Closet, a 100% virtual mental & spiritual health service organization, as a therapist & coach. All of my coaching services are provided through The Christian Closet.
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 clinical work, I also enjoy public speaking, serving on panels regarding LGBTQ issues intersecting with other aspects of life.