My experience as a psychotherapist includes working with a diverse population of individuals, couples and families for 24 years, allowing me to bring in-depth clinical knowledge and skill into each session. I am passionate about my work and have the ability to join with clients in working through very difficult issues. As Irvin Yalom wrote, “It’s the relationship that heals” and I believe that’s true in my role as a therapist with each client.
As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, I complete a minimum of 36 hours of continuing education requirements every two years as required by the Board of Behavioral Sciences of California. My continuing education includes the most contemporary of theories and techniques; neuropsychology, mindfulness, mindful meditation and EMDR advanced trainings.
For eight years I held a position with the Superior Court of California, County of San Diego, Family Court Services, as a Mediator and Child Recommending Counselor in child custody cases. My goal was to build bridges between couples and assist them in determining parenting plans for their children. During my tenure with Family Court Services, I also served as the President of the Family Court Counselor’s Association, a professional bargaining unit of 45 members.
My recent experience also includes working with Military Families as part of the MFLC (Military and Family Life Counseling) program.
My past experience includes teaching “PRIDE” foster and adoptive parenting classes at Grossmont Community College and I assisted in co-authoring the Attachment Parenting Class for Grossmont Community College; an 18 hour class focusing on understanding attachment difficulties and resolutions.
In an effort to give back to the profession of Social Work, I have worked with countless Social Work and Marriage and Family Therapy Interns, individually and in groups, supervising their hours toward licensure.
In 1994, I became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker after completing two years of supervision with Child Welfare Services, working with children and families in crisis, facing issues with substance abuse, child abuse, neglect and trauma. I worked my up through the ranks of the agency, becoming a manager in 2004, responsible for 80 employees and numerous programs.
My masters degree in Social Work was earned in 1990 from Florida State University where my focus was in clinical social work, interning at a community mental health clinic in Hialeah, Florida.
I am a member with the California Society for Clinical Social Work and have been a member of the National Association of Social Workers since 1989.