I have been licensed and practicing as a Counseling Psychologist since 2008, and I have worked in a variety of settings both prior and subsequent to licensing.
Currently, I work as an adjunct professor at University of Southern California (USC), teaching Ethics in the summer and group therapy in the fall to masters students in the Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) program.
I am a generalist and trained to work with a variety of presenting issues. My specialties and areas of interest include the treatment of: depression, anxiety, intimate partner violence, anger management, disordered eating, maternal depression (peri-partum and post-partum depressions and/or anxiety), fertility issues, parenting, and PTSD. I have particular expertise in using Prolonged Exposure (PE) for trauma.
I also have a particular interest in students, and have worked with college and graduate students at both the USC student counseling center and the UCLA student counseling center.
I completed my undergraduate studies in Sociology (with a minor in Environmental Studies) at UC Berkeley. I received my doctorate from USC and also did extensive training (internship and postdoctoral fellowship) at UCLA. I have lived abroad in Oaxaca, Mexico, and in Salvador, Brazil, and have circumnavigated the globe twice (both times with Semester at Sea—as an undergraduate student and much later, when I was employed as one of the ship psychologists).
I was born and raised in California and have made homes in Berkeley, Santa Cruz, Santa Monica, Hollywood and Long Beach. I also have lived in Mississippi. There, I worked at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, serving as the study coordinator for a large NIH-funded study assessing the relationship between PTSD and alcohol-dependence.