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My primary area of expertise is in the multidisciplinary field of interpersonal neurobiology and attachment theory. The field of interpersonal neurobiology integrates concepts based in psychology, psychiatry, neuroscience and other fields of science to understand human development, behavior, and relationships. In addition to my private practice, I am a Licensed Therapist at the Center for Connection, a staff member of the American Association of Couples and Sex Therapists (AACAST) and an Advisory Board member of Lifespan Learning Institute. 

​A Los Angeles native, I earned my B.S. in Psychobiology and Neuroscience from UCLA in 2002.  My studies in these fields served as the foundation for my future graduate studies in the field of clinical psychology. While at UCLA I gained a variety of research experience in their world renowned laboratories. My research experience included studying the neurophysiological aspects of neurodegenerative diseases and exploring the use of novel treatment approaches. Additionally, my work at the UCLA Childhood Anxiety Clinic involved exploring the etiology and treatment approaches for anxiety in children. After matriculating from UCLA, I completed my graduate studies earning a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in Los Angeles. 

During my graduate studies I had a life-changing opportunity of studying interpersonal neurobiology with child psychiatrist, educator, and author, Daniel Siegel, M.D. I found this field of study aligned perfectly with my philosophy and interests as interpersonal neurobiology marries psychology, neuroscience, physiology as well as many other areas of science. My studies with Dr. Siegel inspired my dissertation "Examining the Relationship Between Adult Attachment Style and Mindfulness Traits." Dr. Siegel's work and teachings continue to provide me with inspiration professionally, personally, and as a parent. I have also had the privilege of attending Dr. Allan Schore's bimonthly study group where we closely and carefully examine the latest research in the fields of interpersonal neurobiology, psychology, neuropsychology, neuroscience, and psychoanalysis. Dr. Schore's books have received acclaim from clinicians and researchers around the world. His conceptualization of affect regulation has greatly influenced my work as a clinician and has allowed me to gain a more profound understanding of myself.

​My clinical training included work with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and groups. I am certified as a couples and sex therapist by AACAST.  I have also completed certificate training in Perinatal Mental Health through Postpartum Support International (PSI). In addition, I completed my post-doctoral fellowship in psychoeducational diagnostic evaluations at the Reiss-Davis Child Study Center.  Evaluations include a comprehensive assessment of learning disorders, psychological testing, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), neuropsychological assessment, academic achievement and Autism Spectrum Disorder.  I have also completed extensive training in the treatment of trauma. I approach trauma from a primarily somatic-based, bottom-up process thus use Trauma Informed Yoga and techniques from Somatic Experiencing to help people discharge and resolve trauma. I am also a Registered Circle of Security Parenting Facilitator. Circle of Security helps parents foster a secure relationships with their children through teaching how parents to identify and respond appropriately to their children's needs. 

Social justice, equality, somatic abolitionism and representation also play a large role in my life. I have attended numerous trainings in these areas including Yoga and Social Justice. Please see the resources section for recommended readings and podcasts. 


 I currently serve as the research director for AACAST (American Association for Couples and Sex Therapists) and am an Advisory Board Member for Lifespan Learning Institute. 

I am an equestrian and animal advocate. My life as an equestrian began when I was eight years old. In high school, I began training horses, competing, and teaching riding lessons to students of all ages. The horses and students taught me many valuable lessons in learning, compassion, and the power of collaboration. I plan on incorporating equine assisted therapy into my practice in the near future as horses are highly intuitive and sensitive, thus a tremendous aid to the healing process. Furthermore, as an experienced competitor, I often help athletes and other competitors with performance related anxiety.  

When I'm not at work, I cherish the time I spend with my son, husband and our five four-legged family members. 


I am a current member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the American Association of Couples and Sex Therapists (AACAST).


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Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional
Certified Clinical Telehealth Professional
Certified Clinical Trauma Professional 

Trauma Informed Yoga Modules 1 & 2

I am a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice, providing individual, couples and family psychotherapy to adolescents and adults.

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