Making the decision to start therapy can be an important step in embarking on a path of growth and change. Therapy can help us to identify ways to live fuller, more meaningful lives, to learn to effectively cope with difficulties, and to have more satisfying relationships with others. Aiding in the development of self-compassion and self-acceptance is at the heart of my practice.
I received my bachelor’s degree in Psychobiology from UCLA, and my M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University, and have been a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) since 2005. I began my training in the treatment of eating disorders at Monte Nido residential treatment facility in Malibu, and became passionate about helping teens and adults to overcome eating disorders and poor body image. I have experience in treating teens and adults with eating disorders at the residential, intensive outpatient, and outpatient levels of care, and have extensive experience in the treatment of teens using the Family Based Treatment (FBT) model. I have expertise in treating anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, compulsive or emotional overeating, as well as atypical eating disorders such as ARFID.
I also commonly treat issues such as depression and other mood disorders, anxiety disorders and OCD, self-injurious behaviors and other self-defeating behaviors, as well as issues pertaining to relationships and life transitions. In my practice, I draw from a number of different treatment models, including Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and FBT for evidence-based treatment of teens diagnosed with eating disorders. My therapeutic style involves a warm, empathic and respectful approach to therapy. I am engaged and curious to understand each of my patient’s needs in therapy and offer an individualized approach to treatment. I will work collaboratively with you as well as your other treatment providers (dieticians, medical doctors, psychiatrists, school counselors, etc.) to ensure that you are receiving comprehensive and high-quality care. I look forward to hearing your story and helping you to identify and work toward your goals.
“Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we’ll ever do.”