Questions present themselves for people at various life stages. As a young adult, stepping out into the world can be scary, “Am I prepared to carry and live out all that is expected of me, by my family, by myself? After obtaining more life experience, the question may be, “Where did the last ten years go, and why am I not where I thought I’d be by this time?” Disappointment can set in when we feel we have failed to miss “our marks.” Or possibly the nagging voice grips us at midlife, “There must be something more.” Hearing these questions may be the beginning of listening to the whisper of our inner wisdom, buried beneath our daily business of “doing,” which keeps us distracted from our authentic selves. How do we find our purpose and meaning in the life experiences we have lived?
My goal is to provide a supportive environment for you to bring these questions, so that together we can hold them, go underneath them, and discover the obstacles that are keeping you unfulfilled. Sometimes old, familiar attitudes must die so that new growth can take place. This leads to a larger lens from which to view yourself and a space to transform and consciously direct your journey.
I believe we have the knowledge and power within us to direct ourselves to our highest potential. My role as therapist is to provide a safe environment for you to express and communicate your emotions and experiences so that you will become aware of your true feelings and direct your life accordingly. I do not have the answers for you. You already have them within you. Successful therapy is contingent upon your willingness to look within, release patterns that are not working for you, and take responsibility for your actions. Therapy is a process, not a cure. It is up to you how much change you want to incur. You are your own best guide. I will help you recognize your inner voice so that you may follow it.
I am a certified Jungian Analyst through the C.G. Jung Study Center of Southern California. I received my M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University, Los Angeles in 1995. I have been a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist (LMFT) in the State of California since 2002. Prior to receiving my license, I spent six years working in various training facilities, including two years at the C.G. Jung Institute in Los Angeles.
In addition to my formal education, I have always been a student of life. Curious by nature, I have read many books, lived in foreign countries, and attended seminars in self-discovery led by psychologists and healers. I have found therapy to be a helpful tool in my own life and will share methods and approaches I have learned from all of my experiences and training.
With over 20 years’ experience as a clinician, I work with a variety of issues including depression/anxiety, grief and loss, quarter-life and mid-life transitions, relationship, parenting, adoption, abandonment, health, and spirituality. I enjoy working with artists and lay people who want to access their creativity.
I also have a background in working with alcohol and substance abuse issues. I continue to work with people in recovery, who use therapy as a “practice,” uncovering and exploring the suffering that is living underneath the addiction.
My therapeutic approach is a combination of Jungian and Humanistic. This means that I work with developing a relationship between the conscious and the unconscious and believe humans are inherently good, self-directed, and striving toward increased autonomy.
Sometimes life can feel as though it is moving too fast. I believe it is important to have a space to slow down to listen, and develop a relationship to hidden parts of ourselves. Having a witness to this process is helpful so that our complexes, shadow or outdated self-talk do not rationalize or talk us out of moving into more soul-affirming and healthier attitudes. Symptoms serve as arrows that point to the wound. I follow the symptom and work with and identify the underlying issues. If given the space, the psyche will move toward healing.
I have been interested in Carl Jung’s work since 1993, which values the importance of developing a relationship between the conscious and the unconscious. By examining the contents of the unconscious, we can start to see what is really driving our actions. Working with dreams provides images that become helpful guideposts along the way. We don’t need to see ourselves as flawed, or broken – just human, in all its manifestations, trying to evolve, moving towards wholeness, not perfection.
My rate is $225 for a 60-minute session.
Sliding scale is available for those in need.
I accept cash, check, and PayPal.
Cancellation policy is 24 hours by phone.
You will need to check with your insurance carrier to verify coverage; find out what percentage of reimbursement your plan covers for an out-of-network provider; and if you have a deductible to meet before you can obtain reimbursement. Also let them know that I am a Licensed Marriage, Family Therapist. I can prepare a monthly “super bill” for you to submit to your insurance carrier for reimbursement.
phone: (310)-288-1119 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I offer a free initial 30-minute phone consultation with potential clients for you to ask questions, to help determine if we are a right fit for each other. For an appointment, or if you have any questions, please call me or e-mail me. The phone number is a voicemail only, so please leave your phone number and a time when I can call you back.
My office is located on the westside of Los Angeles.