I specialize in providing therapy for people struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, and anger. Many people cope with past traumas by staying so busy that they never have time for themselves. It’s a way of avoiding your own feelings and difficulties. Or your emotions feel so intense that it is easier to shutdown and go numb. Some people do this by self-medicating with food and substances. Many people with PTSD are also keyed up and on edge. This makes it difficult to get along with others, people are always annoying you, and you often prefer to be on your own. Unfortunately, over time this leads to loneliness and isolation. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy will help you start to change the way you think about yourself, others, and the world in order to find a more balanced way of thinking and living your life. My goal is to help you start living well instead of just surviving.
I am board certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) in Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology. At the time of this writing I am one of only 19 psychologists licensed in the state of CA who is board certified in Behavioral and Cognitive Psychology (you can find a board certified therapist here). The American Psychological Association (APA) strongly recommends Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) as a gold standard treatment for PTSD. You can read the APA’s guidelines here. I graduated from the University of Utah with a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. I completed my internship and postdoctoral training at the Veteran’s Affairs (VA) hospital and I currently work part-time at a VA hospital in Los Angeles providing specialized PTSD treatment for Veterans with combat and sexual trauma. I have held multiple teaching and leadership positions at the University of Utah and the VA hospital. I am also a nationally certified provider of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Depression and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT) and Prolonged Exposure therapy (PE), both treatments that focus on treating trauma.