As human beings, I find we are more alike than different in our struggles and pain when dealing with issues that interfere with relationships or with being a productive and effective worker, or just with what life throws at us. Although our pain and struggles are similar, the underlying reasons for our specific reactions to challenges are as varied as human experience. The effort to engage in exploration with a caring and supportive therapist takes courage, and can be the first step to untangling the roots of your distress, getting you on your way to healthier coping, and helping you enjoy more freedom to choose how you wish to respond to whatever you encounter..
Grief is a reaction to an emotionally significant loss and often comes with symptoms of depression or anxiety. These symptoms can remain intense and last for a long time after a loss, making it difficult to move forward with a healthy lifestyle.
Children that experience parents and/or guardians that are avoidant, ambivalent, or resistant from an early age, may develop attachment issues. This can manifest as difficulty forming or maintaining friendships, romantic relationships and empathetic bonds throughout life, as well as other issues.
Source of communication challenges in circumstances and relationships that can have a negative impact on mental health. Misunderstandings and misinterpretations often lead to arguments in personal, platonic, or professional relationships.
Distressing or complicated relationship with food that can lead to isolation, fear, and death. Could manifest as eating too much or too little and generally stems from someone’s complicated relationships with food or their body.
Parenting issues involve those associated with the child-rearing process. These may include safety, discipline, nutrition, finances, childcare, school, household rules, chores, daily routines, social activities, and relationships with extended family members. Because child-rearing practices vary by culture, cultural norms must be considered.
Depression often causes people to feel sad, empty, or hopeless, and can cause a lack of interest in life. It can also affect a person's thinking patterns and physical health.
Anxiety can mean nervousness, worry, or self-doubt. Anxiety disorder is a mental health disorder that entails excessive, repeated bouts of worry, anxiety, and/or fear.
Refers relationship issues with a partner or spouse. Can include issues related to relationship distress, relationship satisfaction, communication, intimacy, etc.
Self-esteem is the degree to which a person feels confident, valuable, and worthy of respect. Feeling low self-esteem can influence overall well-being and be linked to anxiety and/or depression.
Social anxiety or social phobia is fear of social situations or a fear of interacting with people other than close friends and family. Social anxiety can be persistent, intense, and debilitating, greatly affecting daily life.
Young Adults (18-24)
Strength Based Therapy
Marriage and Family Therapy
Certificate in Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy
Certified Parent Educator
CA, LCSW, 16628
Masters in Social Work; Licensed Clinical Social Worker
I received my license in 1992 and practiced in a community mental health setting as well as private practice, seeing clients with a wide variety of issues. I provided individual and group services for adolescent, young adult and adult women struggling with body image and wanting more positive relationships with food. This included working with women with anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder and overeating/weight issues. I am also a certified parent educator and have worked with parents of young children and teens, helping them improve their understanding of the needs of their children as well as achieve optimal family communication. I pursued post graduate education in psychodynamic psychotherapy, trauma studies, and parent education, enabling my work to achieve a depth of understanding that has enriched and informed my relationships with my clients.
1968 S. Coast Highway, Suite 1493, Laguna Beach, 92651, CA