Services offered via video
“If you're depressed, if you're anxious, you're not weak, you're not crazy, you're not, in the main, a machine with broken parts. You're a human being with unmet needs.”
- Johann Hari, Lost Connections: Why You’re Depressed and How to Find Hope
I am an associate clinical social worker, veteran, mother, partner, and ally. Though I've always admired and valued mental health care, I only came to this work after trying on other careers. In retrospect, those life experiences have enriched my practice. I love this career and the impact a strong therapeutic relationship can have on a person: both life changing and, in some cases, life saving. I work with adults, primarily the perinatal (maternal) population and with military families and veterans.
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The quality of the relationship between the client and the therapist is the strongest predictor of whether or not therapy is successful? I offer a free 15-minute phone or video consultation to see if I am a good fit for you. If we don't hit it off, for whatever reason, I will gladly refer you to a network of awesome therapists.
- University of Southern California, MSW
- Grantham University, MBA
Associate Clinical Social Worker No. 71520
Member of Postpartum Support International
I am in the process of being certified in perinatal mental health (PMH-C). I've worked in community mental health with the LA County Department of Mental Health and with veterans and military families through U.S. Vets and the Cohen Military Family Clinic.
It is not only my professional obligation as a mental health provider to continuously learn, but also a personal value. Here are some trainings I have completed this year:
I work with clients one-on-one. At times it might be appropriate to include a family member in a therapy session if you feel it would be helpful or if I recommend it. If you are seeking couples therapy I would be more than happy to assist you in the search for a therapist that is a good fit.
* I am unable to accept insurance at this time, but can offer a super bill. My rate is $140 and I offer sliding scale.
Research shows that social support after the birth of a baby protects against postpartum depression and anxiety.
The Virtual Village - A Space for New Mothers is a 90-minute therapy and psychoeducation group held weekly, for 6 weeks, via secure video (HIPAA compliant), for mothers 0-6 months postpartum. Some of the topics we will cover are:
If appropriate, group therapy is a great value in comparison to individual therapy.
* Rate for The Virtual Village is $200 for 6 weeks. See Groups page for more details.
The perinatal period is the time frame from conception through the first year after giving birth. However, maternal mental health issues can extend beyond this period due to being unrecognized, not having access to care, or going untreated. Perinatal mood and anxiety disorders do not discriminate and they can impact anyone. Prevalence of perinatal depression affects 1 in 7 mothers and 1 in 10 fathers (yes, dads too!). Every year more than 400,000 infants are born to mothers who are depressed, making perinatal depression the most under diagnosed obstetric complication in America. If you're in a funk, feeling anxious, angry, or just feeling off after becoming a parent, you are not alone. You are not to blame. With help you will be well.
Postpartum Support International is a great place to learn more.
Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress and can be beneficial in some situations. It can alert us to dangers and help us prepare and pay attention. Anxiety disorders differ from normal feelings of nervousness or anxiousness, because they involve excessive fear or anxiety (e.g., difficulty controlling worry, unable to sleep or have restful sleep, feeling restless or on edge). Anxiety disorders are the most common of mental disorders and affect nearly 30 percent of adults at some point in their lives.
Trauma can happen to anyone and you don't have to receive a diagnosis of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in order to receive help. Trauma lives inside your brain and impacts your quality of life. Some typical examples of what can lead to PTSD or trauma include having experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as a natural disaster, a serious accident, intergenerational trauma (systemic racism), a traumatic birth, a terrorist act, war/combat, rape, or other violent personal assault. People living with trauma can have intense, disturbing thoughts and feelings related to their experience that last long after the traumatic event has ended. Events may live on through intrusive thoughts or nightmares; through feelings of sadness, fear, or anger; and through feelings of detachment or being estranged from other people. People with trauma may avoid situations or people that remind them of the traumatic event, to include medical settings, and even their own baby. They may have strong negative reactions to something as ordinary as a loud noise, an accidental touch., a baby crying, a scent, a fabric, or really anything that brings them back to the traumatic event.
Life transitions, also referred to as adjustments, are life stressors impacting one's quality of life. They can include things like transitioning out of the military, marital conflict, finances, or work stress. Becoming a parent is another example of a major life transition, and as noted above, can have huge impacts.
With the added layer of a global pandemic to contend with, humanity is struggling to navigate this unexpected life transition alongside the day-to-day issues. Everything has changed and with that comes feelings of fear, anger, resentment, grief, loss, and potentially any emotion one can feel.
Depression is a common and serious medical illness that negatively affects how you feel, the way you think, and how you act. Depression causes feelings of sadness and/or a loss of interest in activities once enjoyed. It can lead to a variety of emotional and physical problems and can decrease a person’s ability to function at work and at home (e.g., not wanting to get out of bed, changes in appetite, changes in sleep, feeling hopeless or helpless, or thoughts of suicide).