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My work in private practice follows ten combined years of academic study and formal training (UCLA & Pepperdine University), however, my understanding of the human condition is based on my own life experiences.  As an elite distance runner for 20 years, I plunged into physical and mental grit only to overcome by way of proactively working through even the toughest moments. As a business owner and media correspondent for ten years, I understand the grit we subject ourselves to in modern day culture. As a yogi, I understand turning an eye inward. Each of these pieces lead me to my specialization in the psychosomatic experience.

Who I Work With:
I work with individuals, couples, families, and groups. I also conduct individuals therapy for children and teens, working with child & adolescent issues, family transitions/life transitions, and emotional turmoil/behavior changes that are activated by way of such transition.

Couples: (pre-marital, post-marital, & intimate partner relations)
I am formally trained in the work of foremost relationship experts, Dr. John Gottman and Sue Johnson. I have co-edited, copywritten, and/or consulted on the following books on relationships:

If This is Love, Why Am I Unhappy? The 3 Keys to Having the Relationship You Want by Scott Kudia, Ph.D
Emergent Thinking by Mel Schwartz, LCSW
The Art of Intimacy, the Pleasure of Passion by Mel Schwartz, LCSW

A family is en ever-evolving sphere…rooted in habit. You might have experienced a shift in your family, maybe made apparent by the recent behaviors of one family member, creating a rippling effect. Or maybe silence exists in some places, while fragile emotion lays in others. Have you experienced a recent change to your family system by way of a marriage, divorce, death, or life-transition (adolescence, adoption, pregnancy issues, financial change, career change, loss, terminal illness, trauma, substance abuse, mental illness, life stage change (empty-nester, retirement, blended family))?

My Formal Training in Family Systems Theory Includes Training in the Work of the Foremost Experts: Salvador Minuchin, Murray Bowen, James Framo, Carl Whittaker, and Virginia Satir.

I have conducted family therapy pre- and post-divorce, death, career changes, pregnancy, interrupted psychosocial growth in children and teens, family crisis, foster children, and behavioral interruptions (substance abuse, eating disorders, academic faltering, conduct disorder, legal issues, more).

My Clinical Experience:
I have clinical experience through my work at the following places and institutions:

■ Turning Point Center for Families (Non-Profit Agency) – Santa Ana, CA
■ Hope House (Residential Treatment for Substance Abuse) - Orange, CA
■ Vista View Middle School On-Site School Counselor – Fountain Valley, CA
■ McFadden Intermediate Substance Abuse Counselor – Santa Ana, CA

Professional Memberships:
■ American Association for Marriage and Family Therapists
■ California Association for Marriage and Family Therapists
■ Psi Chi, The National Honors Society in Psychology