Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

As a post-master’s degree Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, I have thirty years of experience doing psychotherapy in private practice. Currently, I specialize in working with adults in individual and couples therapy.

My early training and practice was in supportive client-centered therapy and behavioral therapy. In the last decade, I have added ISTDP, intensive short-term dynamic psychotherapy for individuals, by completing three years of supervised core training and weekly supervision with an ISTDP instructor. Currently, I’m studying EFT, emotionally focused therapy for couples.

With the confluence of these approaches, client-centered, behavioral, ISTDP, and EFT, my work with clients is supportive and kind, while at the same time challenging and direct. For the patient or client, this therapeutic process is reflected in the words of poet Anaïs Nin:
“…and the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”

How people can change in therapy…

High-achieving professionals who took care of business but not themselves…
Through experiencing their mixed, complicated feelings toward important people in their lives  who never entered recovery for alcoholism/drug addiction, the high-functioning professionals learned to nurture themselves not just others.
Clients who procrastinated in taking necessary steps in their show business careers…
Through the internal journey of ISTDP therapy, they made progress in their careers after they resolved internal conflicts they had with primary caretakers/authority figures of childhood who made perfectionistic demands.
Couples who, after years of marriage, thought the spice had gone out of their love life…
Through the struggle of getting under negative interaction patterns to experience core emotions, they discovered that when emotional closeness was restored to their marriage, sex and romance reignited.
Couples Communication Therapy
All loving relationships experience conflict. Conflict is an inherent, important part of closeness. How we handle conflict makes the difference between secure, connected relationships and relationships that fracture. The communication process I teach couples in therapy can help any two people experiencing conflict resolve it.
Currently, my Los Angeles office is 12402 Ventura Blvd., 2nd. Floor, Studio City, California 91604.  I have weekday, weeknight, and Saturday hours. I’m on many insurance panels and EAP’s (Employee Assistance Programs).