I am a Licensed Marriage Family Therapist, (Lic. # 45854) and received my Masters Degree from Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena, California. Prior to my Masters Degree, I worked for over 18 years as a television producer working on numerous TV Shows. After experiencing the sudden loss of my young husband in a car accident, I realized my life lacked a deeper meaning and purpose. I decided to return to college and obtained my Master of Arts in Marriage, Family, Therapy in 2005 and also wrote a 291 page thesis titled “The Impact on the Surviving Spouse with Respect to Anticipated Versus Unanticipated Death”. My professional training and life experience have shaped the kind of psychotherapist I am. I know firsthand the value that therapy had at different times of my life. I believe that in any stage of our lives there can be amazing change if one wants. I am very passionate in helping my clients thrive and grow from their experience in therapy. I also know how important it is to find the right therapist for yourself and I welcome any questions you may have for me.
My theoretical approach is eclectic, deriving from several theories such as relational, psycho-dynamic, humanistic, cognitive behavioral, and others depending on the client's individual needs. I see all my clients as unique, and not cookie-cutter replicas, and take into account culture, childhood history, presenting issues,etc.
I have worked with thousands of individuals and couples to create better, more fulfilled, happy lives. I specialize in couples counseling, premarital counseling, loss and grief, individual and personal growth therapy/coaching.
I also combine my years of television experience and psychotherapy by working as a media psychotherapy consultant and After Care Therapist on a variety of Reality/Talk shows. I am presently the After Care Specialist on “Face the Truth TV” and formally on shows such as “T.D. Jakes TV Show”, “The Rickie Lake Show”, and “Dr. Drew’s Life Changers”. I also appear on numerous talk shows as a Relationship/Media Expert addressing current event issues and relationships.
I have built a reputation with my clients as an empathetic, yet candid, no-nonsense therapist who believes in using a direct approach soliciting them to gain awareness of patterns and areas of disconnection.
My clients come from Pasadena, South Pasadena, Alhambra, San Marino, Glendale, La Canada, La Crescenta, Montrose, Sierra Madre, and many areas in the San Gabriel Valley and San Fernando Valley.
I am bi-lingual in Spanish.