Certifications & Specialized Training
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
As a Diplomate of the Academy of Cognitive Therapy, I am internationally certified to provide Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), also commonly referred to as Cognitive Therapy. CBT has been scientifically tested and found to be effective in over three hundred clinical trials for many different disorders. CBT is based on the idea that the way an individual thinks and feels affects the way he or she behaves. The focus is on problem solving, and the goal is to change clients' thought patterns in order to change their responses to difficult situations.
Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
I specialize in the treatment of trauma and posttraumatic stress, and I am humbled and honored to work with trauma survivors of all ages. I am a nationally certified provider of Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). TF-CBT is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy that addresses the specific emotional and mental health needs of children, adolescents, adult survivors, and families who are struggling to overcome trauma and posttraumatic stress. TF-CBT is an evidence-based treatment model initially developed to address problems associated with childhood sexual abuse, but has since been modified and tested for a wide array of trauma experiences, including domestic violence, traumatic loss, war, commercial sexual exploitation, and the often multiple and complex traumas experienced by children who are placed in foster care.
Gottman Method Couples Therapy
Gottman Method Couples Therapy is a practical, research-based, and highly effective approach that not only supports and repairs troubled relationships, but strengthens happy ones. The Gottman Method is designed to support couples across all economic, racial, and cultural backgrounds, and has been proven effective with gay and lesbian couples as well. I have completed the Gottman Method Couples Therapy Level 1 Training, which has helped to infuse my practice with research-based insight. Through the use of Gottman Method techniques, I am able to help couples learn how to successfully manage conflicts, deepen their friendship and intimacy, and discover their shared purpose for building a life together.
Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP)
I have completed an 18-month implementation-level training program in Child-Parent Psychotherapy. This is a dyadic, relationship-based treatment model designed for young children (birth through age five) who have experienced at least one traumatic event and/or are experiencing mental health, attachment, and/or behavioral problems.
Reflective Parenting Program (RPP)
I am also an experienced, certified facilitator of Reflective Parenting Program (RPP) groups. RPP is an innovative workshop series that engages groups of parents in a 12-week workshop designed to enhance critical parenting skills, most notably the capacity to make meaning out of a child’s behavior. Based on Attachment Theory, RPP utilizes a reflective, collaborative learning process, in a group setting, to help parents address everyday challenges with their child.
California Domestic Violence Counselor Certification
According to the CDC's National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey, 32.9 % of California women and 27.3% of California men experience intimate partner physical violence, intimate partner sexual violence and/or intimate partner stalking in their lifetimes. I have completed the state of California's 40-hour Domestic Violence Advocate Training (DVAT) for Domestic Violence Counselors. I have also worked directly with domestic violence survivors providing mental health services since 2012.