I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in California (License # PSY23970) with a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology. I opened my private practice in the summer of 2011 after 10 years of experience working for non-profit agencies in San Diego, California and Boston, Massachusetts. Outside of my private practice as an independent contractor, I assess U.S. veterans to help clarify their mental health diagnosis, which informs my work with military families.
I am a native East Coaster raised in South Florida, and I graduated with my B.A. in Psychology from Brandeis University outside of Boston in 2000. After working for 2 years at a residential treatment program for at-risk youth in Massachusetts and New Hampshire, I became passionate about helping children, teens, and their families. I moved to San Diego in 2002 to attend graduate school at the California School of Professional Psychology/Alliant International University. During my graduate education, I trained with specialists in child, adolescent, family, and adult psychotherapy and assessment at Rady Children’s Hospital Outpatient Psychiatry, Jewish Family Service, and St. Vincent de Paul Villages. While working on my doctoral dissertation, I became intrigued by the experiences of women and couples during pregnancy. To delve into the fascinating world of pregnancy and childbirth, I participated in a week-long retreat on Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting through the UCSD Center for Mindfulness. I also joined a monthly doula group at Best Start Birth Center, where I learned about pregnancy and childbirth wellness and preparation alongside doulas, midwives, nurses, acupuncturists, and other birth professionals. These experiences solidified my passion for helping women throughout the perinatal period to feel empowered to make thoughtful choices, navigate unexpected challenges, and cope with changes in identity and partnership.
After graduating with my doctorate degree in 2008, I continued my work with children and teens as a post-doctoral fellow at Excelsior Academy, a school for students with learning disabilities, developmental delays, ADHD, and social/emotional difficulties. While working on my licensure, I worked with Voth and Associates, consulting with the families of children and adults diagnosed with cognitive and developmental delays to improve behavioral functioning. I also returned to Jewish Family Service to work for Project SARAH, where I worked with adults and families coping with domestic abuse and provided outreach presentations to educate the community about Teen Dating Violence.
Personally, I believe in the benefits of a balanced life. I love my work, and I also love to dance, practice yoga, hike, paint, read, watch movies, and spend time with my family and friends cooking and laughing.