What Are Your Qualifications?

After graduating with a Masters Degree from Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles) in 1995,  I began working with individuals, children and families in my practicum and internships (3,000 hours prior to licensure) and spent five years at Pacific Clinics as therapist to SED children and their families and as Assistant Clinical Director.  I left to begin private practice in Simi Valley in 2000.   I have continued to enhance my clinical skills through continuing education with an emphasis on PTSD and trauma reduction, childhood loss and trauma, resolving addictions, ego state therapies and a focus on attachment. I have extensive training and experience in IFS (Internal Family Systems) and EMDR. Clients consistently report rapid elimination of symptoms such as depression, anxiety, addictions as well as greatly improved relationships, feelings of self-worth, confidence and joy.

Does Psychotherapy Work ?

Studies have shown that people with emotional or interpersonal problems who utilize psychotherapy from a competent therapist do better than those who don’t attend therapy. Therapies differ in their long term effectiveness and success also depends on the person’s commitment to the therapy, the length of time in therapy, the skill of the therapist as well as what issues are being addressed.  For example, EMDR has been highly successful at reducing and/or eliminating trauma symptoms within a few sessions. IFS has shown dramatic reduction/elimination of depression and anxiety symptoms and renewed joy and satisfaction in their relationships and life in general in only a few months.

How Long Will Therapy Take?

Some people have experienced a cessation of reoccurring thoughts, nightmares, guilt feelings etc. as a result of trauma after only a few sessions with EMDR.  However, treatment time is always predicated on the type or amount of trauma, a person’s ego strength, their ability and willingness to focus on the work, etc.  In my practice, I have found the average time with IFS therapy is three to twelve months to realize resolution of unwanted behaviors and beliefs. 

When Should a Person Consider Psychotherapy?

For some people the decision to begin therapy comes from feeling stressed, overwhelmed, in pain or feeling like there is something missing in their lives.  You may wish to consider therapy if you are experiencing any of the following:

•     depression or mood swings

•     anxiety or panicky feelings

•     excessive anger

•     problems with drugs or alcohol or other substances       

•     excessive worry or obsessions

•     self-esteem issues

•     relationship or communication problems

•     life event concerns – marriage, divorce, postpartum issues, empty nest, retirement

•     nightmares, reoccurring thoughts after traumatic events

•     abuse issues of childhood

•     domestic violence

•     attracted to people who aren’t good for you

•     excessive feeling of guilt without knowing why

•     difficulty trusting others