I am a licensed clinical social worker and have worked in various health care settings where I gained my experience and knowledge of how chronic illness can alter someone’s life and wellbeing. I gained psycho-oncology experience from the Simms/Mann UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology, where my primary role was providing counseling to those who have been impacted by cancer, including caregivers and loved ones. I have also worked in care facilities and supported those diagnosed with dementia, acted as a Care Manager at the ALS Association and worked in hospice care. I also work with clients who have experienced a divorce/break up, job loss/retirement and struggling with identity and life transitions.
After many years of witnessing my mother navigate her cancer journey and experience her death at a young age, I dedicated my education and career to serve populations who had similar struggles and stressors. I share my personal experience only to encourage and empower others to connect in times of grief and loss. Grief is a shared human experience and I’ve heard too often that people feel their pain and suffering is too much for others to hold. My hope is to normalize and validate your experience, and hold space for you to explore your grief process.
My approach in therapy is to make meaning of your losses, support you through your grief and identify strategies to help you feel grounded, connected and seen. I appreciate the uniqueness of everyone’s story, which is why I utilize a combination of modalities, from Trauma Informed Care, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, and Attachment-Based therapy.
Social justice is very important to me and I strongly believe our communities, policies and laws impact our choices and opportunities. I strive to cultivate an environment of inclusion, humility and advocacy.