California License Number and Education

California License (MFT #80096)

Saint Mary's College of California, Moraga, CA
Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy

The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Bachelor of Arts, Biology & Neuroscience

Areas of Specialty

Services for Children, Adolescents and Adults

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for:

Depression

  • Reframe negative thinking
  • Learn behavioral activation to improve your mood
  • Learn to identify triggers
  • Develop coping skills to counteract depression
  • Build support systems

Hoarding

  • Learn to recognize intrusive thoughts and urges that result in acquiring
  • Learn how to deal with impulses to acquire
  • Learn skills to help reduce clutter
  • Use exposure and response prevention to regain control of your life

Trichotillomania (TTM) and related Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRBs)

  • Learn to raise your “specific” awareness of the hair pulling habit
  • Learn to recognize early warning signs (internal and external) for hair pulling
  • Understand and aim at reducing the presence of environmental cues that trigger hair pulling

Anxiety

  • Examine how your automatic thoughts contribute to anxiety
  • Understand how your behaviors and reactions in situations trigger anxiety
  • Recognize anxiety and what it feels like in your body
  • Confront fears
  • Learn relaxation techniques

Social Anxiety

  • Learn assertiveness skills
  • Challenge negative unhelpful thoughts that trigger social anxiety, replacing them with more balanced views
  • Learn behavioral skills to cope with feared situations
  • Face social situations in a gradual, systematic way

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

  • Process trauma related memories and feelings
  • Learn how to regulate strong emotions
  • Learn to build or rebuild your ability to trust others
  • Reduce stress by learning relaxation techniques

Bipolar Disorder

  • Learn to identify triggers and plan for symptoms
  • Learn how to track mood changes
  • Develop a tool kit for coping with difficult emotions
  • Establish healthy habits
  • Learn techniques for how to separate symptoms from self
  • Reframe negative thinking patterns

Panic Disorder

  • Learn the physiology of fear and panic
  • Develop skills to target your thoughts and beliefs about panic and anxiety
  • Learn skills for overcoming the fear of physical symptoms in panic
  • Eliminate the fear of panic sensations through interoceptive deconditioning

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

  • Learn how to deal with your intrusive thoughts and impulses
  • Understand the effect of obsessions and rituals on your life
  • Learn exposure and response prevention to regain control over obsessions and compulsions

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

  • Learn organizational skills
  • Improve initiation and follow-through on tasks
  • Learn strategies for breaking up tasks into manageable steps
  • Build skills for time management, planning and coping
  • Learn new habits and thought patterns