MA Clinical Psychology, Antioch University Los Angeles
MA Drama Therapy, New York University
BA Theatre, Northwestern University
I started my career as a TV Producer, first in the Marketing and Promotion departments at NBC, CBS, and The WB Networks, and then in documentary TV production. I spent 20 years as a Producer/Showrunner for many psychologically oriented series such as A&E’s “Intervention,” MSNBC’s “Lock Up,” Lifetime’s “Surviving R. Kelly: The Reckoning,” as well as E’s series on the treatment of severe eating disorders, “What’s Eating You.” But after decades of documenting people’s struggles with mental illness and abuse, I wanted to do more. So I decided to learn how to treat people as well.
I already had an MA in Drama Therapy from New York University and that had informed much of my documentary work. But after leaving television, I decided I needed further training. So I enrolled in Antioch University’s graduate program and received a second MA in Clinical Psychology, with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy.
I currently work in private practice in Toluca Lake and combine a psychodynamic model with trauma-informed techniques such as EMDR, IFS (Internal Family Systems) and AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy) to help my clients reprogram maladaptive neurological pathways and respond to life with more ease and exuberance than they ever thought possible.
In addition to individual and couples therapy, I also offer several ongoing process groups as well as a 10 week group on work trauma, serving those in the entertainment industry. As a former TV producer, I am uniquely aware of the pitfalls inherent in this business and work with clients to develop strategies to avoid or better cope with them.