I am a marital and family therapist (MFC 53185) with a specialization in art therapy and EMDRIA approved EMDR (eye movement desensitization reprocessing) practitioner I am also trained in somatic (based in the body and the nervous system) modalities such as the Trauma Resiliency Model, which are fundamental to the way I work with clients. My practice is located in Culver City, California, and my years of personal practice of mindfulness inform my clinical work.
I have successfully worked with a variety of populations of diverse backgrounds and ages with challenges such as trauma, anxiety, grief and loss, depression, abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder, relational issues, eating disorders, and paralyzing fears and phobias. I also work with clients that are simply interested in improving the quality of their lives.
I treat adults and adolescents in my practice and provide clinical and art therapy supervision in different settings. I have organized art workshops for inpatients at a private psychiatric clinic, facilitated art therapy for children with developmental disabilities, and served as an elementary school art therapist. I have also worked in community mental health and led women’s groups for survivors of domestic violence, among other professional experiences.
I have had a keen interest in the deeper motivations of human behavior and the workings of the mind from my adolescent years and was drawn to psychotherapy after a life-changing experience as a client in my twenties. I attended UNAM Universidad Autonoma de Mexico in Mexico City for undergraduate studies prior to earning a Master’s in Marital and Family Therapy and Art Therapy from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. I completed the Southern California Counseling Center’s family and couples training and the trauma and resiliency training.
I have lived in four cities and three countries before settling in California more than twenty years ago. I am fully bilingual in English and Spanish, as well as fluent in Italian.