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Counselor / Therapist in Pasadena, CA

Mindful Therapy

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Therapy with YOU in Mind.
I am a licensed psychotherapist and passionately believe in cultivating health, well-being, and emotional resilience. I bring this passion to my work and I am dedicated to help others in the process of achieving a more balanced life. I have been in private practice for 13 years and have offices conveniently located in Pasadena and Beverly Hills.

I believe good mental health begins with an ability to connect the dots of our individual “stories” in order to develop a coherent narrative and "make sense" of that story. To accomplish this, I collaborate with my clients utilizing a variety of interventions including mindfulness practices and EMDR to assist in emotional regulation and symptom relief. I also help my clients identify specific coping strategies that may have brilliantly served them in childhood and adolescence but may no longer be useful or needed today. I help individuals understand themselves, parents better understand their children and help partners express themselves to each other more effectively. My clients are excited by our work and share that they often feel more hopeful and resilient after our sessions. Additionally, they acquire practical tools to take into their day-to-day lives.

My current practice includes adults and adolescents struggling with depression, anxiety and relationship difficulties. I also see couples, families and children. I have a special expertise in working with the adoption community and facilitate various groups and workshops throughout the year for adoptees as well as adoptive parents and birth parents. I conduct workshops promoting adoption awareness for educators and mental health professionals. I co-chaired and presented at the First Annual Adopt Salon Conference in November 2012. Featured presenters included Nancy Verrier, Adam Pertman, Marlou Russell and many other leaders in the adoption field.

Additionally, as a California approved Clinical Supervisor, I provide supervision and guidance to interns and trainees accruing experiential hours toward MFT licensure.

My areas of expertise include:

• Relief from depression, anxiety and suffering
• Helping couples and families communicate more effectively
• Adoption issues: I work with adoptees, adoptive families and couples who are considering adoption. I facilitate support groups and psycho-education groups several times during the year for all members of the adoption and foster care community.
• Adolescents struggling with school stress, concentration, peer relations and esteem issues
• Parenting concerns
• Grief, trauma and loss
Bio
EXPERIENCE:

• Clinical Supervisor ~ 2006-present

• Staff member: Maple Counseling Center, Beverly Hills, California ~ 2000-2010

• Executive Supervisor: Maple Center Crisis Response Team ~ 2000-2010

• Pro-bono work: "A Home Within", Los Angeles, CA ~ 2006-present

• Consulting therapist: "Children’s Lifesaving Foundation", Los Angeles, CA ~ 2003-present

• Consulting therapist: "Young and Healthy", Pasadena, CA ~ 2011-present

• Founder/Director, "Let’s Learn Tutoring Service", Los Angeles, CA ~1996-2009



CLASSES/SEMINARS OFFERED AND PUBLISHED WORK:

• Adoption education and support groups for all members of the adoption and foster care community.

• Adoption education and training workshops for therapists, teachers and healthcare practitioners.

• Consulting therapist for The Children’s Lifesaving Foundation, Los Angeles, California.

• Author Continuing Education course material for Gerry Grossman seminars.

• Published on Huffington Post
Practice Areas
 Counseling / Therapy  Life and Wellness Coaching
 Adolescents  Life Transitions
 Adoption  Loneliness
 Anger Management  Marriage & Family Therapy
 Anxiety and Panic  Marriage Counseling
 Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)  Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
 Body Image Issues  Online / Video / Teletherapy
 Caregiver Issues  Play Therapy
 Children's Counseling  Pre and Postpartum Mental Health
 Coronavirus/COVID-19 Issues  Premarital Counseling
 Couples Therapy  Relationship Issues
 Depression  Self Esteem Issues
 Divorce  Stress Management
 Eating Disorders  Trauma and PTSD
 Grief and Loss  Women's Issues
 Group Therapy  Work and Career Issues
Certifications
 EMDR Part 1 and 2 (EMDRIA)  Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)
Education/Training
EDUCATION:
• MA in Clinical Psychology – Antioch University, Los Angeles, California ~ 2000
• BA in Communications – Pepperdine University, Malibu, California ~ 1990

CLINICAL TRAINING:
• Private practice internship – Beverly Hills, California ~ 2002-2003
• The Maple Counseling Center – Beverly Hills, California ~ 2000-2002
• New Directions for Youth – Van Nuys, California ~ 1998-2000
Memberships
Clinical member of EMDIRA (EMDR International Association)
Clinical member of CAMFT (California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists)
Clinical member of AAMFT (American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists)
Payments Accepted
Cash, check, credit cards
Hours:Flexible day, evening and weekend hours
License:MFC40345, California
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Location
200 E. Del Mar Blvd.
Suite 119
PasadenaCA 91105
Additional Location
9107 Wilshire Blvd.
Suite 200
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