I am an AAMFT Clinical Fellow at the American Association of Marriage & Family Therapy and a relationship expert in couples therapy dedicated to providing a holistic whole-person model approach of art and science based on empirical research and cutting-edge interventions that offer insight, growth, healing, and transformation. I am a California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, American Board-Certified Diplomate Sexology, Gottman Method Couples Therapist, Relationship and Trauma Specialist, Certified Sex Therapy Informed Professional, Sex Therapist, Sex Addiction, Partner Betrayal Trauma Therapist, and Couples Betrayal Recovery Therapist, Rainbow Advocate and Educator, and Rainbow Advocate Clinical Specialist (IITAP) International Institute of Trauma & Addiction Professionals.
I work in private practice in Newport Beach, California, providing in-person and online psychotherapy to individuals and couples searching to establish authentic, healthy relationships. I offer a warm, compassionate, inclusive, and non-judgmental environment where individuals can express their concerns. I provide the opportunity for healing, growth, and connection for people’s difficulties in navigating their relationships, including emotional and sexual intimacy challenges, interracial, intercultural, and interethnic issues; improve effective communication, women’s and men’s sexual health, and mismatched sexual desires, recovery from sexual betrayal, repair infidelity; and restore trust and management of conflict. I collaborate with you to work towards a closer, more intimate, and more satisfying relationship and meaningful life. I embrace a client-centered holistic approach with respect for clients of diverse, multicultural, and multiethnic backgrounds to support essential mental health and well-being.
I received a Liberal Studies, Psychology, B. A. from Mount St. Mary’s University, Los Angeles, California. I hold double master’s degrees in Leadership Studies, Organizational Consulting, M.A., and The Executive Leadership Coaching Certification from the School of Leadership & Education Sciences, University of San Diego, California. I hold The Leadership Circle Profile 360 & Leadership Circle Profile Managers Edition 360 Certification from the International Coach Federation, the global Universal Model of Leadership. I received the Marriage & Family Therapy, M.A. (COAMFTE) Commission on Accreditation for Marriage & Family Therapy Education, California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University, Irvine, California. COAMFTE accreditation ensures marriage and family therapy excellence and meets established professional practice standards.
I am a Doctor of Psychology Marriage and Family Therapy, PsyD Candidate, California School of Professional Psychology, Alliant International University, (COAMFTE) accreditation expected in 2023. My doctoral dissertation focuses on interracial, intercultural, and interethnic couples. Modern Love Stories: A Narrative Inquiry of Interracial Couples researches attachment theory and romantic love and what makes it challenging, meaningful, and fulfilling for interracial couples’ relationships.
I am an American Board-Certified Clinical Sexologist, American Board of Sexology, and California Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I have advanced clinical training that is innovative and emergent in sexual medicine with a multidisciplinary approach integrating core principles of sex therapy, cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, and family systems theory for mental health and well-being. I have completed the Clinical Sexology and Sex Therapy comprehensive program at The Buehler Institute, Newport Beach, California. I received Clinical Sexology Program and Sex Therapy, Modern Sex Therapy Institutes/Advanced Mental Health Training Institute, West Palm Beach, Florida. I am a Certified Sex Therapy Informed Professional (CSTIP) at Integrative Sex Therapy Institute in Los Angeles, California.
I hold Gottman Method Couples Therapy Level 3, Gottman Seven Principles for Making Marriage Work Leader, Gottman Bringing Baby Home, Gottman Couples and Addiction Recovery, Gottman Affairs and Trauma, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), EMDR Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing, International Trauma and Addiction Professionals (IITAP), and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP-II).
My clients are high-functioning and non-acute, committed to the therapy process, and motivated to collaborate on goals to create the structure for effective treatment plans. Therapy progress involves healthy behavioral changes that lead to healing, change, and growth to reach your highest possibility and live your most extraordinary life. I synthesize multiple theoretical approaches and evidence-based empirical research of attachment theory, neuroscience, cognitive-behavioral, acceptance commitment therapy, and systemic principles to establish connections between thoughts, feelings, and physical sensations. I believe in life-long learning and attend post-graduate and doctoral training to learn about cutting-edge scientific research and cutting-edge, evidence-based interventions.
I have extensive professional experience and advanced clinical training, including Certified Clinical Trauma Professional Level 2 (CCTP-II), Beck Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Gottman Method Couples Therapy (GMCT), Clinical Sexology Program, Integrative Couples, and Certified Sex and Couples Therapist, Integrative Sex Therapy Institute (ISTI), and Eye Movement Desensitization Therapy (EMDR), EMDRIA, and Maternal Mental Health Intensive, Advanced Perinatal Mental Health, Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders (PMADs), Infertility, Postpartum Depression and Perinatal Miscarriage & Infant Grief and Loss, Seleni Institute, New York and Postpartum Support International (PSI).
I provide a personalized and individualized treatment plan to meet your goals. I believe in a strengths-based approach to help clients enhance their strengths through the therapeutic process. I am passionate about embarking on the therapy journey together for insight, healing, and growth, leading to transformation for a meaningful, satisfying, and vibrant life.