I am a Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (#123991) with the Board of Behavioral Science in California working under the supervision of Margaret (Meg) Bezucha, LMFT # 100194. I work with teens and young adults in individual and relationship therapy. I see psychotherapy as an opportunity to reconnect you with your ability to work, love, and play with more ease.
In my Master’s of Arts in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University Los Angeles I specialized in Applied Community Psychology, which focuses on prevention models, consultation, program development, and program evaluation. Through this, I co-authored a publication on empowered program evaluation models titled A Community Narration Assessment of Master’s Level Psychology Students at Antioch University Los Angeles. You can find it online at the Global Journal of Community Psychology!
My education and training as an AMFT has been focused in psychoanalytic and psychodynamic theory. I am also a founding member of Valley Community Counseling Clinic’s Culture & Psychoanalysis Lab. This once a week group space is dedicated to supporting trainees to think more deeply about race, gender, sexuality, religion, ableism and other spheres of privilege and oppression that show up in our treatment rooms (and Zooms). This process oriented work is ongoing and collaborative in holding each other accountable to providing more affirmative, anti-racist and anti-biased care. It has been deeply impactful in my work toward licensure.
In addition to my clinical work, I also provide Affirmative Organizational Development Consulting through The Affirmative Couch. I offer a comprehensive program to mental health and behavioral health clinics to transform their clinics into safer and more affirming spaces for sexuality-,gender-, and relationship-expansive communities.
My early work was spent in theaters and summer camps. My Bachelor of Arts degree in Teledramatic Arts & Technology at California State University, Monterey Bay taught me theater and storytelling as social action. I stage managed for many theater companies on the central coast, including a summer at El Teatro Campesino founded by Luis Valdez. This experience transformed my understanding of California history, and the importance of centering underrepresented voices. My political work in marriage equality and transgender rights taught (and continue to teach) me how long-term collective work can create social and systemic change. Over a decade of experience in supervising inclusive community based programs with people who experience intellectual and developmental disabilities has taught me how to enact change in community setting to create more safety and connection for people who think, feel, and act differently.