Therapist InfoAbout Me:
“When I accept myself just as I am then I can change” Carl Rogers. This is one of my favorite quotes. I have been practicing therapy since 1999. In my private practice I focus on connection, communication, self-awareness, and understanding and knowing ourselves. The more we know ourselves and accept all aspects of ourselves the more we can change and grow. This is the paradox of change. Throughout my life it has been apparent that I had an inherent gift of intuition, communication and understanding people in a deeper, and more direct way. I spent a lot of my twenties in a severe depression with overwhelming anxiety. This difficult life situation resulted in an amazing growth experience, as I went to therapy and began extensive work on myself. I know what it feels like to have been through trauma, or in an unhappy relationship, and feel depressed and anxious in life. I have sat on that couch in a therapist’s office and can appreciate the difficulty in seeking counseling as well as the growth process itself. I also, have come out the other side and can honestly say I am at peace and experience a wonderful level of contentment in my relationships and personally. I am a living example of how effective therapy can be and that people can really change. It is important that I "walk the walk and talk the talk". I have spent my life exploring and studying communication, relationships, personally, spiritually and professionally. This is my passion and my gift.
I hold a MA in Marriage and Family Therapy and am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the California. I am a Certified Gestalt Therapist. This process included 6 years of Gestalt training at the Pacific Gestalt Institute attendance in a Gestalt consult group, counseling with a Gestalt therapist, and a 3-part examination process over 12 months. My past studies include many years of individual and group counseling under a Gestalt Therapist. I am a Certified Psychedelic Assisted Psychotherapist and attended the Integrative Psychiatry Institute in Bolder CO. I am very proud of my own therapy and thus knowing myself. Knowing all aspects of myself has been invaluable in my work with clients. Currently, I am a member of the Board of Directors at The Gestalt Institute of Los Angeles. I have a consistent meditation practice and use mindfulness with clients.
I have been seeing clients in private practice for over 20 years. My experience providing therapy for low-income families and foster children at Starview Community Services has also proved a strong foundation in working with conflicted relationships and thus promoting healing and understanding under severe circumstances and trauma. I have also had a re-occurring guest-teaching role in the school-counseling program at Loyola Marymount University.Description of Services:
If I were to use "psychobabble" to describe what I do, I am a Gestalt therapist which means I focus on being in the present, which also includes the past and how it affects us in the present. I take into consideration, the environment we live in and have lived in, our supports or lack of support in that environment and use a lot of parts work. Gestalt therapy is the foundation that IFS-Internal Family Systems was built on. One of my favorite things about Gestalt is its focus on phenomenological exploration. How’s that for psychobabble? Essentially what this means is that I am not the expert on your experience, you are. I am here to explore with you what your experience meant to you. Whether it was a conflict at work, a relationship, A Ketamine Journey or a psychedelic experience integration. This allows you the client to explore more of who you are, what your values are and how you would like to move forward in life accepting and loving yourself and also maybe making some changes. Meditation assists with this exploration, by focusing on the here and now, and the meaning we make of things, as well as getting to know ourselves. Gestalt and Mindfulness are a wonderful compliment for psychedelic work since psychedelics really keep us in the here and now even while we are processing the past and Gestalt supports the mindset of the client's experience and meaning making is the only thing that matters and holding space for clients to have their experience. My certification as a Gestalt Therapist has reinforced my passion for here and now work with clients. With this being said, what is really important is that I am direct, authentic and not afraid to be transparent about my experience or what I observe. While at the same time, I am warm, compassionate and understanding about the vulnerability, discomfort and difficulty in attending therapy in its own right. I am skilled at challenging people to look at themselves while holding space in a compassionate and understanding way. I spend time teaching communication skills and explaining the reasons for the change. Most of us just want to be seen, loved and accepted by ourselves and others. That is what I want as well.Credentials & Certifications: Certified Gestalt Therapist, Certified Psychedelic Assisted Therapist, CPR CertifiedLicenses: Licensed Marriage Family Therapist # MFC39858
DetailsRemote Practitioner: YesPrice Range: $250/hr
Our ProcessOverview of Experience:
We will have your journey either in your home or at my office. The session can take a minimum of 3 hours and is usually an inner focused experience in a safe setting that allows you to connect with your inner healer and explore your experiences. You will be asked to lay down, music will be playing, and you will be given the option to wear eyeshades. I will remain in the room with you throughout the treatment session. You should be aware that some experiences can arise that you may want to resist and we will have already set a plan on how you can lean into the difficult experiences with my support. Your sensory experiences may be altered. Your perception of time may be different than the actual passage of time. Each experience is unique to each person and I encourage you not to judge it as good or bad. I will be taking notes so we can revisit your experience in our integration sessions and process the meaning you make of your experience. After your Journey, It is important to not work too hard at understanding and instead focus on being present and self-care which we will have talked about in your preparatory session.Intake Process:
Preparing for a Psychedelic-assisted therapy Integration(PAT) / ketamine-assisted psychotherapy (KAP) includes 1-2 sessions to review intake paperwork, consent forms and psychological assessments, as well as reviewing medical assessments and history by a licensed medical provider all to determine whether this is the best choice for your treatment of Depression, anxiety and/or trauma. It is also an opportunity for us to build rapport and trust. The therapeutic relationship is one of the most important aspects of any Journey. This preparations session is an opportunity for you to determine if we are a good match. It is important for you to feel safe to ask questions and set boundaries including boundaries about touch, as sexual touch is NEVER part of KAP or PAP. In the preparation session you will receive a road map as to what to expect in your journey and we will explore your expectations and set intentions. We will also develop a plan together as to how we will handle difficult experiences and support during the experience. A self care plan for your best care after your Journey will also be discussed. If you intend to meet online we will need to schedule a 2nd preparatory session to meet in person.