I have seen so many changes in the field of mental health and therapy from when I entered it as a child/adolescent struggling to find attachment towards others, including my parents. I was lucky enough to connect with my therapist early on and begin the “work” towards understanding my own traumas and experiences and how it impacted the relationships (and healthy ones) I so badly wanted. I am someone who truly gets what its like for teenagers to attend, and be successful in therapy. And by successful, I mean being able to have healthy, happy, stable, and committed relationships with others.
I know the power of letting a teenager’s voice be heard and to feel that their story is their own. Additionally, it is ever so important that although I may have similar experiences as my clients, no one client is the same, nor do we process and feel the same way about things that happen to us in life. It is with this mutual understanding that I can build a strong relationship with your teenager, help them heal, empower them for greatness, and support them in having the same relationship with others in their lives.
I am sure you may be wondering about my education, so this would be a great time to let you know more about me. I have a Master of Education in Psychology and Human Development: From Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. I am an Associate Clinical Social Worker who earned my Master’s in Social Work at the University of Southern California. I have previous experience in supporting families in the foster care system navigate through their own experience of attachment, and become successful in adoption of the children placed in their homes. Additionally, I have spent quite a bit of my work experience supporting individuals and through WrapAround intensive services, one-on-one coaching, and working collaboratively within school and residential settings in providing teens with a safe place to communicate their needs.
While in my Master’s program, I also was a team member of the Children’s Mobile Crisis Team for Ventura County. I answered their 24/7 hotline to provide a phone assessment for teens who were experiencing a mental health crisis, including suicidal thoughts, having possibly experienced a suicidal attempt, or feeling they are unable to keep themselves safe, along with other mental health issues. I would also support the clinician in the community and work with both the teen, family, or the school to be able to provide short term and referral services.
I am in Private Practice in Westlake Village, California. I provide both in-office and in-home services.
I know I can make a great connection, and help you, your teen, or your family get to the place where you are thriving. Please reach out to me to schedule your free 20 minute phone consultation. We can then begin the “work” to get relief from anxiety and depression, and work towards healthy attachment and relationships within your family. Just click on the SCHEDULE NOW button on the right hand side of the page or click below.