In the state of California, Marriage and Family Therapists (MFTs) must successfully complete a Master's level degree program in Clinical Psychology or counseling at an accredited and state approved institution, 3000 hours of experience and pass two state-issued exams in order to receive a license to practice psychotherapy.
I completed my graduate work (Masters of Arts) in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University of Southern California in September 2002 and became licensed in May 2006. During that time I worked as a Social Work Case Manager at AIDS Service Center in Pasadena, where I also eventually became the Assistant Manager of the Mental Health Department and went on to become Manager as well. In August 2005 I left ASC to develop my private practice full-time.
I've received training in the areas of Law and Ethics, Personality Theory, Contemporary Family Issues, Child and Adolescent Counseling, Couples Therapy, Psychopharmacology, Diversity Issues, Psychological Testing, Alcohol and Substance Abuse, Clinical Hypnosis and Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) Psychology. I am especially drawn to the work of Carl Jung (Analytical Psychology) and Melanie Klein (Object Relations).
My specialties include working with LGBT persons, treatment of anxiety and depression, and working with clients with HIV/AIDS. I work mainly with adults, helping them work through blocks which hold them back from achieving their aims in life.