Compassionate, Collaborative, Wellness-Based Therapy for Children, Adolescents & Families.
Parents seek therapy for their children for a variety of reasons; therapy, in turn, offers more benefits than many parents realize. While generally considered an intervention in response to a problem, therapy can be equally beneficial as a proactive measure to support the social-emotional development of your child or relational wellness of your family.
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a Masters Degree from the University of Southern California (USC) and nearly ten years of experience working with children and families. In addition to private practice, I am a family clinician at Edgewood Center for Children and Families. Prior to joining Edgewood I was a consultant and clinician with UCSF HEARTS (Healthy Environments and Response to Trauma in Schools) in the Division of Infant, Child, and Adolescent Psychiatry at UCSF - Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. As part of the HEARTS team, I helped schools develop trauma-informed models of practice through training and consultation, and provided therapy services for students and families in the school community.
Before joining UCSF, I was asked to serve as part of the Recovery Project at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, providing trauma support in response to the tragedy that occurred in December 2012. Before moving to Connecticut, I spent several years as a school and community-based therapist in South Central Los Angeles.
I have experience working in a variety of settings and with a range of issues, including trauma and chronic stress, grief and loss, depression, anxiety, and life transitions.
In my practice I work with children, adolescents, and transitional age youth, offering individual therapy, group services, and parent and family support. My approach is collaborative and strengths-based. I take a developmental and systems perspective to understand youth and families in context, and draw from the latest research in attachment theory and neurobiology to inform my work and empower my clients.
Ultimately, I focus on wellness. My aim isn't just to relieve symptoms: it’s to help youth develop the tools to live happy, healthy, connected lives. With this in mind, I aim to create a safe space for shared reflection, build on existing strengths, and offer new tools to promote self-understanding, growth, and social and emotional resilience.