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Hello!

Thanks for stopping by. I put together this site to share a little bit about my background, professional experience, philosophy, approach to therapy, education, and a way to contact me should you require more information.

A bit about my background

I was born in the Canadian arctic where the average winter temperature was -30. Forty years later, I arrived in LA; a city where the locals throw on fur-lined boots when it dips below 60. In 2015, after thirty-five years working as a graphic designer, advertising agency creative director, commercial film director, and movie producer, I returned to school with the goal of becoming a therapist.

My professional experience

I am a Marriage and Family Therapist, Associate (status pending) under the supervision of Marli Kakishima, MFT 48679, at Open Paths Counseling Center. At Open Paths, I provide psychotherapy for individuals, couples, and families. Prior to Open Paths, I was a suicide prevention counselor, shift supervisor, and member of the outreach team for the Suicide Prevention Center, a division of Didi Hirsch Community Mental Health Center.

My philosophy

I aspire to three fundamental ways of being with myself, and others: kindness, hopefulness, and possibility. And I believe with enough desire, determination, and courage a happy, healthy, and rewarding life is possible.

My approach

I use a combination of one, two, or all three of the following types of therapy: Psychodynamic, Narrative, and Cognitive Behavioral. Psychodynamic therapy seeks to identify unconscious patterns; Narrative Therapy looks to understand the stories one believes about him or herself, others, and the world; while Cognitive Behavioral Therapy investigates how thoughts shape one's feelings and behaviors. Though different in nature, all three modalities may lead to deeper insights, heightened awareness, and self-empowerment.

My education

I have a Bachelor of Arts degree in Applied Arts and Media and a Master of Arts degree in Applied Clinical Psychology, with a specialization in Trauma Studies. As an instructor, I taught a creative writing and film production class at Otis College of Art & Design.

Contact

I believe each of us, in our own way, matters. So, if you, or someone you care about, needs professional help, call or text me at 424.209.7159 or send me a message:
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