licensed therapist

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with a focus on mental health from the University of Southern California (USC). Along with my personal practice, I currently work part-time at the Pain Psychology Center, where I receive intensive training in the treatment of chronic pan. 

mindfulness-based therapy

I am grounded in mindfulness-informed, acceptance-based behavioral treatments and psychodynamic therapy. While my specialty is in sex therapy, my foundation is in working with personality disorders and I am trained in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). The bulk of my work focuses on sex: sexual functioning (erectile dysfunction, etc.), compulsive sexual behaviors, porn addiction, arousal issues, etc. My other focus is in psychogenic pain: tension myotis syndrome (TMS), psychosomatic pain, misdiagnosed autoimmune symptoms, etc.

 Some clients require very tangible skills to face life's challenges, and may prefer very structured sessions involving weekly homework and a disciplined regiment of exercises.  Others may prefer to explore difficult emotions and navigate the depths of their subconscious mind and childhoods to understand obstacles to change.  Regardless of the nature of our work, I am operating under the assumption that somewhere inside of you the ability to heal exists, and together we will determine the best treatment plan for you.

anxiety, trauma, personality disorders, sex therapy, chronic pain

Prior to opening my private practice, I worked at a Skid Row outpatient center working with people coming directly from prison, many of whom suffered both substance addiction and mental illness. I also spent six years volunteering and training at the Suicide Prevention Center and one year in a college counseling center. I’ve also spent two years at a dialectical behavioral clinic, working with borderline personality disorder (BPD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  I spent several years at Psychotherapy Works, I receive intensive training in sex therapy and sex addiction treatment. I’ve completed the Sex Therapy training program at the Center for Healthy Sex and regularly attend lectures with the Los Angeles Sexological Association. I also currently work at the Pain Psychology Center, which specializes in eliminating or significantly reducing chronic pain symptoms through targeted psychotherapy

 

personal

Before starting my career as a therapist, I worked as a paralegal and have taught in language schools in California, Japan and Spain. I’ve traveled to thirty countries, played drums and bass in numerous bands, and am an avid reader, writer, college football and hockey fan.


Guest Lectures


Male Sexual Dysfunction
International Certificate Program for Sex Therapists - December 2016


Sex Addiction
Special Service for Groups (Community Mental Health) - August 2016


Introduction to Dialectical Behavior Therapy
Pain Psychology Center - July 2016


History of Pornography and Porn "Addiction"
International Certificate Program for Sex Therapists - June 2016


Suicidality
USC Clinical Practice - February 2016


Suicidality
UCLA Cognitive Behavioral Therapy - March 2015

LICENSED Clinical Social Worker

BBS Associated Social Worker #78877