Welcome to my site.
I am a Marriage Family Therapist. My private practice is in Torrance, CA and I work with individuals (ages 13 and up), couples, families and groups.
I am a Sounder Sleep Systems teacher and a certified Cognitive Behavioral Therapist for Insomnia, and I am treating insomnia, anxiety disorders and other stress-related problems in individual and group format.
I am certified in a unique energy medicine technique, the Tapas Acupressure Technique (TAT) and in the Comprehensive Resource Model.
I am currently training in the Integrative Body Psychotherapy method which gives great tools for mind/body/spirit integration.
Before becoming a therapist I worked for over 10 years as a dentist, but currently my dental practice is limited to counseling healthcare proffesionals and to the management of psychological problems related to dental and medical procedures, such as dental fear, phobia, dental pain, TMD, pre- and post-surgical management.
My work is an eclectic integration of psychodynamic therapy with somatic, energy and spiritual methodologies and techniques (12 Steps, TAT, EFT Tapping, Sounder Sleep Systems, mindfulness/watchfullness, mindful movement, Integrative Body Psychotherapy) which help me better meet my clients' diverse needs. Each and every one of my clients is unique and each needs a unique approach to his or her particular challenges. I cannot emphasize enough the importance of the client - therapist relationship. To be seen, to be heard and to be understood by a fellow human being - these are essential ingredients of the restorative healing processes.
My work is continuously changing and improving because I learn from my clients what matters to them. Sometimes the healing starts in the body, other times it starts in the mind; and other times the soul and the spirit is confused and calls for attention...pain is always a messenger, showing us a road more or less traveled toward integration, towards becoming fully alive and thriving no matter what.
On a personal note I want you to know that I am walking the talk: much of my experience, understanding and compassion are the result of my own struggles, passion for learning and steady determination to become the best person and therapist I can ever be.
Do not be afraid of your wounds...
"The wound is the place where the Light enters you." Rumi
You can learn more about my education and experience here:
Resume (in PDF format)
SOLUTIONS FOR OPTIMAL MOBILITY, September 2017- Current
TAT (Tapas Accupresure Technique) February- July 2017
HEARTMATH May- June 2017
EFT Tapping (Emotional Freedom Techniques) Level 1,2 , January 2017
Moving to Heal (Nia), July 2016
CBT For Insomnia (CBT-I), February 2016
Integrative Body Psychotherapy, September 2015 - current
Comprehensive Resource Model, January 2015
Sounder Sleep Systems, January 2013 - January 2015
Nia White Belt, August 2004
I am a member of the following professional associations
CAMFT (California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists)
GPALA(Group Psychotherapy Association of Los Angeles)
NAPWA (National Association of Professional Women)