ABOUT ME

I am a Licensed Marriage + Family Therapist (no. 108744) and

Board-Certified Clinical Art Therapist (no. 17-258)

living and practicing in unceded Tongva/Gabrieleño land,

also known as Los Angeles; more specifically, Eagle Rock/Glassell Park.

My educational journey began with undergraduate studies in the fine arts and psychology;

starting at Otis College of Art & Design pursuing fine art photography, and culminating in a Bachelors degree from Pennsylvania State University in psychology.

Through my studies and lived experiences, I developed a deeply ingrained appreciation

for 'process' in both life and art, which I often emphasize in my work with clients.

I went on to earn a Master's Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy

with an emphasis in Clinical Art Therapy from Loyola Marymount University,

which has beautifully integrated my dream to work with people

while remaining engaged in the artistic process.

Beyond my regular clinical practice, I am consistently pursuing additional education and training

to expand my existing knowledge and skills for the communities which I serve;

at present, this includes advanced trainings in trauma, sex therapy, and clinical supervision.

I have experience working with adults and adolescents with depression, anxiety, anger,

adjustment disorders, personality disorders, and addiction.

As an EMDRIA-Certified EMDR therapist, I work regularly 

with those who have endured traumatic and other emotionally stressful experiences

such as active shooter situations, physical/sexual abuse, grief/loss,

gender and racial identity issues, and chronic mental illness. 

 

I am an AAMFT-Certified LGBTQ Affirmative Psychotherapist, with a heart, specialized training,

and clinical experience to work with folks from the LGBTQIA2S community. I follow the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH) standards of care and offer letters of readiness for those seeking gender affirming surgeries, free of charge. 

I also work with couples and partners working through difficulties in their relationship or marriage, across a wide variety of issues from differences in communication, libido, and parenting style;

to infidelity and recent life events (infertility, adoption, job change, etc.). I am sex-positive, BDSM and kink-affirmative, and I have experience working with folks in 'traditional' monogamous relationships as well as those in poly and non-monogamous partnerships.

I am the founder of  both The Wellness Arts Collective, a group psychotherapy practice based in Northeast LA; and Embodied Healing, a non-profit community mental health organization; as well as a regular volunteer with regional and national social justice and human rights organizations. When not working, I can be found dropping the regular F-bomb (not solely limited to my 'time off'), power-napping, eating dark-chocolate-something, singing loudly in my car, practicing green witchery, and of course, spending time with my favorite humans and much-hairier-non-humans.

Robert Frost

“The best way out, is always through.