Education & Experience

I received my BS in Computer Science & Engineering from UCLA and worked for a number of years in high-tech in various development, design, and sales positions. This chapter of my life taught me efficient communication based on peoples' needs, I learned to think quickly on my feet under pressure-laden situations, and possibly most importantly I refined my critical thinking skills. While educational, the technology field ultimately left me feeling unfulfilled.

About ten years ago, I began practicing yoga, which ultimately led me to shift my life dramatically and pursue my MA in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University.

Clinical Training

My clinical training began at the Southern California Counseling Center (SCCC) where I provided counseling to individuals, children, adolescents, couples, and families. I received comprehensive training in clinical skills and family-based therapy and participated in our Best Practice Parenting program. Through the school-based program I provided play therapy, individual, and group counseling to children and adolescents at Crescent Heights Elementary, John Burroughs Middle School, and Fairfax High School in the LA Unified School District (LAUSD). While I was there I also launched and co-facilitated a LGBTQI teen support group through the SCCC Outreach Services program.

I also maintained a private practice internship under the supervision of Marcia Teichman, MFC32500 until becoming a licensed marriage and family therapist.

Yoga

My life has and continues to be greatly influenced by the practice of yoga and all of its teachings. One of my teachers describes the physical component of yoga as meditation in movement. Moving my body with mindful awareness over the years has brought an unending stream of insights into how I interact with myself and the world at large-especially when I don't feel I'm at my best. Through practice, yoga has has helped me gain not only flexibility of body, but flexibility of mind. Where my tendency was to muscle my way into and through challenging poses (and life situations), I continue to be reminded how much more effective it is for me to soften and breathe into each moment of each experience, particularly when I feel challenged.