Although the therapeutic process is always focused on the client, some clients feel more comfortable knowing a little bit about their therapist; and because who I am influences my therapeutic work, I feel it can be valuable to share a little bit about myself.
I am a white cisgender woman committed to advocacy and alliance with the LGBTQ+ community. I am a wife and a mother of three. I am bicultural (Greek-American), I am trilingual (English, Greek, and Spanish), and I am passionate about mental health and social justice.
I am fortunate to have spent my formative years taking part in a diverse array of cultures and communities. As a child I lived on the east coast (New York), in the south (Georgia), and abroad (Greece), and spent my college years in the Midwest attending Northwestern University in Chicago, where I earned my Bachelors Degree.
After graduating college, I lived and volunteered for a year in rural Guatemala (where I became fluent in Spanish), spent two years working with homeless families in the city of Boston, and then moved to Southern California to pursue my graduate studies at the University of Southern California (USC) Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, where I earned my Masters Degree in Social Work with a Specialization in Mental Health.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (#69299), I have more than 10 years of experience in the field, and have worked with diverse populations and presenting issues. I am a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), and an associate member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT). I am also a member of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH).
Please visit my About My Practice page to learn more about the diagnoses and issues I work with and types of therapy I provide, and feel free to look through my Certifications & Specialized Training page for further information about my qualifications and experience. As you browse these sections, please keep in mind that mental health treatment is not "one size fits all." If you don't feel great about the first clinician you meet with (and that includes me!), please, keep looking. A lot of your success in therapy depends upon finding a good fit between you and a therapist with whom you feel comfortable and safe.
"The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction not a destination."