My personal experience in therapy throughout my life has served as my primary inspiration to pursue a career as a therapist. Overcoming challenges in my life that once seemed monolithic, and developing skills that continue to be invaluable in my personal and professional development today, have engendered a strong interest in helping others reach similar goals.
My work in this field began at a restorative justice agency in Inglewood, California. In this setting, I worked with adolescent clients on a broad range of goals, including treatment for various mental health conditions, addressing challenges at home and at school, working with clients who had committed crimes to prevent their entanglement in the juvenile justice system, and fulfilling other functions. For the last two years, I have been working with adult clients experiencing homelessness and severe mental health conditions in the Los Angeles area. My work in this setting has involved therapy, housing services, case management, crisis intervention and other services.
Though I have treated clients who have experienced a broad range of mental health conditions, I am especially interested in treating various types of anxiety, including generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, phobia-related disorders, social anxiety disorders and other types of anxiety, as well as various types of depressive disorders.
While my work experiences have taken place in a variety of settings, the unifying theme among my work with clients has been the importance of meeting several fundamental human needs: the need to relate, to be heard impartially and to be wholly accepted. While my approach to therapy differs based on the unique needs of each client, I firmly believe that addressing these needs, and cultivating a strong therapeutic relationship, are at the core of successful therapy.
I am an Associate Clinical Social Worker (ACSW #95859), supervised by Kristen Zaleski, PhD, LCSW, a trauma expert, professor and author.