Welcome to my site.
I am a Marriage Family Therapist. My private practice is in Torrance, CA and I work with individuals (ages 5 and up), couples, families and groups.
I am certified in the Comprehensive Resource Model and I use it for a wide variety of issues, from personal success and wellness to difficult relationships and trauma.
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 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 and spiritual methodologies and techniques (12 Steps, Comprehensive Resource Model, Sounder Sleep Systems, mindfulness, 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. I believe that it is essential to the healing process; being seen and being heard is one of the most restorative processes one can ever experience.
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)
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)