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I enjoy working with a wide range of clients including individual adults, couples, adolescents, and parents. I believe insight regarding the past is vitally important, but insight alone may not be enough to create change. Change can requires a direct, pragmatic approach, experimenting with new ideas or new ways of behaving can create rapid growth. It isn’t enough to make symptoms or problems “less bad”; it’s essential to create more moments of joy, to recognize and experience them fully as they happen.

Experience

I’ve been in private practice for over 20 years, have worked as the staff psychologist for skilled-nursing facilities, and been an adjunct professor at the graduate level (Azusa Pacific University) and the undergraduate level (Chapman University). I’ve developed and administrated behavioral weight-management programs, and seminars on stress and anxiety. While I’ve worked in a wide variety of institutional settings, my main focus has been helping individuals and families, one-to-one, to help discern problems and find workable, real solutions to improve their lives. My early career working with children and families coping with cancer, diabetes, mood disorders, ADHD, and learning disabilities, provided deep insight into how to help people make real changes in the thought patterns and behaviors that impede functioning and inhibit happiness. Now, I use the same insights working with adolescents and adults. I have extensive experience in psychodiagnostic and neurocognitive testing, having worked closely with developmental pediatricians, pediatric and adult psychiatrists. My own experiences with chronic pain, anxiety, and parenting challenging teens and young adults keep my work pragmatic and down-to-earth.

Education

  • Licensure: 1995 by the California Board of Psychology.
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship: Pediatric Health Psychology, Children’s Hospital Orange County
  • Ph.D. and MA degrees from California School of Professional Psychology, L.A.,
  • BA in Psychology from California State University, Fullerton
  • Political Psychology and Theater Major, Pitzer College. I have served as Adjunct Professor in the graduate education program at Azusa Pacific University and in the undergraduate program at Chapman University.

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