I have a passion for helping people learn new ways to manage difficult emotions, strengthen relationships, and build more meaningful lives.
Outside of the office, I'm a yogi, a dog lover, and a history buff.
Why do you do this?
I genuinely enjoy working with people who are ready to change. I believe everyone is capable of living a meaningful life. I believe that every single person deserves a chance to heal. I believe that we all make mistakes, but they do not define us. I believe recovery is possible.
What is your therapy style?
I use a strengths-based, trauma-informed approach to therapy. I use skills from DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy) in combination with other therapeutic modalities to find a good fit for each client.
How do you treat people with BPD?
I believe that people with BPD are doing their absolute best, trying their hardest to navigate a world that can be confusing and unfriendly. When I approach clients with that perspective - that what they're doing makes sense, and at the same time, they want to do better and need help to change - I have found that they are able to make great progress in reducing harmful behaviors.
My goal is to make therapy a positive experience - it won't always be fun, but overall it should feel safe, welcoming, and encouraging. As your therapist, I promise:
Education and licensure
I have an MSW (Master of Social Work) degree from the University of Southern California School of Social Work. I graduated in 2015.
I am certified in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (C-DBT 169638). I'm also a Registered Yoga Teacher - 200 Hour (139839).
I started as a group therapist in 2015. After that, I worked in crisis assessment for several years, talking to people who experience suicidal thoughts and urges. I opened my private practice in January 2020.
I also have a background in education as a community college instructor, and provide educational talks to other clinicians on how to treat Borderline Personality Disorder and how to provide telehealth (online) services.
I have completed additional post-licensure training in the following areas: