I have been actively involved in collaborating with organizations and groups to provide training and resources to increase self-awareness and improve interactions. I don't shy away from difficult topics and have worked with groups to help them process issues such as sexual harassment and gender discrimination; cultural differences between first and second generations; microaggressions; faith, trauma and the healing process.
One of my main areas of expertise is diversity and cross cultural communications. I have had the privilege of collaborating with Carpe Ventus, a non-profit focused on engaging youths to take healthy life-giving risks, to develop an engaging and active training on working with with diverse others. In addition, I have provided cultural competency training to Social Workers, Psychologists and Master Level Clinicians.
I am passionate about my work with individuals, couples and families as they pursue emotional, behavioral and relational change. I use multiple modalities in treatment, tailoring therapy to the needs and personalities of the individual. I also use an assets based approach, where the focus isn’t just on defining and solving the problem but identifying and teaching the skills needed to successful achieve your goals.
I earned my doctorate (Psy.D.) in Clinical Psychology in 2007 from Fuller School of Psychology in California with a focus in family's and systems. In addition I earned a M.A. in Psychology and a M.A. in Theology. I completed my doctoral internship at New York’s Westchester Jewish Community Services where I honed my skills in trauma-based interventions and community mental health. I further specialized in working with children and teens in my postdoctoral Fellowship at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. At UCLA I obtained further training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy for suicidal adolescents, trauma based interventions for children, working with children transitioning out of the foster care system and their families.