I have 14 years of experience counseling children,
adults, couples and families in the Los Angeles area.
Current work experience
I am in private practice as a Marriage and Family
Therapist (license no. MFC37697) in Los Angeles, California. My clients include
adults, couples, families and children. I have developed a specialty in treating children with
learning disorders, AD/HD and autism spectrum disorders and I work with their
families as well, to assist in parenting and adjustment issues.
I also run social skills groups for children who need a safe
place to learn about and practice the often subtle social skills that can
determine one's success in interacting with others. We have a lot of fun
while learning these skills in a positive setting.
In the fall of 2002, I attended a workshop given by Steve
Gutstein of The Connections Center in Houston. The workshop described
a new model of working on social interaction with autistic spectrum and
other people of all ages, called RDI (Relationship Development
Intervention). I have learned about various models, but when I heard
about this one, I felt "THIS IS IT!"
Accordingly, I began my training with the Connections Center
in February of 2003 and in September of 2004, I became a Certified Relationship
Development Intervention Consultant. RDI is an intensive,
family-based therapy that works at levels deeper than rote learning of
social skills. It seeks to provide the developmental experiences that
many of these children passed by without noticing, and leads to a more
natural way of relating to others and being successful at work, love and
Related prior work experience
For eight years, I was a counselor at the Southern California Counseling Center,
a top-quality training center in Los Angeles. There, I concentrated on the
treatment of individual adults with a wide range of mental health and
relationship issues. I have been exposed to many schools of thoughts and
modes of doing therapy; I have felt free to take the best of each and use them
for the benefit of my clients as appropriate. However, my most extensive
training has been in family systems theory and self-psychology.
For a year and a half, I was the school mental health counselor for a Culver
City elementary school, where I assessed and treated over 80 school-age children
with a wide variety of difficulties, such as anger or frustration management,
adjustment to divorce/separation in family, anxiety disorders, learning
disorders, neurological and autism spectrum disorders, peer relations and social
skill problems, behavior disorders, family violence, etc. I love working