Areas of Focus:
• Eating disorders
• Foster children
• Adults and children in mental health crises
• Severe mental illness
• Substance abuse
Approach & Style:
• Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
• Family Based Treatment for adolescents and young adults with Anorexia Nervosa
I have extensive experience working in the mental health field with a variety of clientele including foster children, adults and children in mental health crises.
I specialize in working with different outpatient and residential contractors, as well as psychiatric hospitals to ensure that most vulnerable youth are getting supportive, effective, culturally competent, and evidence based treatment.
I supervise and consult for YesToTherapy.
I have extensive experience working in the mental health field with a variety of clientele including foster children, adults and children in mental health crises, and those struggling with severe mental illness and substance abuse. I have worked for the child welfare court as a substance abuse assessor, as well as a substance abuse counselor in a private hospital's intensive outpatient program. Additionally, for several years I worked as a therapist in community settings with children, adolescents and adults who were part of the juvenile probation and dependency systems. In the last few years, I have become increasingly passionate about treatment of body image concerns and eating disorders. In my current role, I was fortunate to receive extensive training in assessment and treatment of eating disorders, which are among the most lethal of all mental health disorders. Thanks to this training and experience, I have been providing consultation to clinicians working within specialty clinics and hospitals that treat persons with Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge Eating, and Avoidant Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID).
While my framework for therapy is based in cognitive behavioral therapy, I often utilize interventions from different modalities and strongly believe in individualized and person tailored approaches. I appreciate short-term, evidence based and solution focused strategies that focus on skill building and provide relief to the client. I have been trained by Stanford experts on utilization of Family Based Treatment for adolescents and young adults with Anorexia Nervosa.
I believe in empowering individuals to improve their self worth with the ultimate goal of becoming their best selves; whether that is in context of their relationship with their families, partners, or relationship to self. My motto is: " We accept the love we think we deserve."