About

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I am a licensed clinical social worker/psychotherapist and yoga instructor. As much of my family was lost in the Holocaust, I was exposed to the impact of trauma from an early age. Knowing my family’s experience, suffering, and healing impacted me greatly throughout my childhood. From a young age I felt called to a path of social justice and helping others restore after painful events.

Throughout my life I have occupied many roles as a healer such as being an elementary school teacher, a meditation instructor, a volunteer organization director, and a homeless shelter coordinator. I found my way to psychotherapy and yoga through a yearning for intimacy and deep connection. I spent many years of my career in university counseling which gave me the opportunity to work with clients from extremely diverse backgrounds and circumstances. Through this work I have cultivated an expertise in being able to support people through life-changing transitions, crises, and identity shifts. Being a psychotherapist is a deeply fulfilling career that allows me to journey with others down their path to wholeness. 

Throughout my own life I found it difficult to make sense of feelings I was experiencing and I struggled with my identity. I found, and continue to find, strength and purpose through my relationships with mentors, therapists, and friends who support me along my pilgrimage within. I have learned to embrace the parts of myself I once deemed undesirable. I hope to offer my clients the same opportunity. Read about my specializations here

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley
  • Master's of Social Work with a specialty in Mental Health from the University of Southern California

Experience

  • University of Southern California's Student Counseling Services in Los Angeles, CA
    • Prevention Specialist: created curriculum for and facilitated a bystander intervention program for faculty and students. Presented on a variety of wellness topics to educate and create mental health literacy within the community. 
    • Individual and Group Psychotherapist
    • Crisis Counselor
    • Co-founder of the Stress Relief Clinic - providing students and faculty with holistic services such as restorative yoga, biofeedback, mindfulness, and psychoeducation about wellness
  • Guest Lecturer at USC's Annenberg School for Communication and USC's School of Social Work
    • Lecture Topics: Anxiety and Public Speaking, Dialectical Behavior Therapy for Eating Disorders, The Psychological Impact of Social Media, and Behavioral Health Communication: How Language, Communication Style, and Honesty Impact Treatment. 
  • Public Counsel in Los Angeles, CA

Training

I am trained in and utilize a variety of modalities including:

  • Intensive Short Term Dynamic Psychotherapy
  • Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction 
  • Motivational Interviewing