In 2002 I received my Ph. D. from the California School of Professional Psychology (CSPP) at Alliant International University in San Francisco. Although my training in clinical psychotherapy was quite varied between families, couples, individual adults, children, and adolescents, my emphasis was family and child psychotherapy.
Over the past 15 years, my interests also grew! From assessment and advocacy of learning differences to child abuse prevention to pediatric quality of life!
I decided to specialize in Pediatric Psychology and in 2000, I accepted a position as an intern at the Department of Psychiatry at Children’s Hospital Oakland (CHO). After completing my dissertation and graduating from CSPP, I continued my training as a fellow at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA).
As a Pediatric Psychologist, I provide psychotherapy to children whose difficulties are related to a medical diagnosis. For example, a teen with Diabetes is rebelling against her parents by not following her medical regimen. Or, a child newly diagnosed with Cancer may experience depression or anxiety about returning to school. A patient awaiting an organ transplant may also benefit from therapy to ease tensions and to prepare for a new lifestyle! A medical diagnosis is also experienced by the entire family, so I also include parents, siblings and extended family members in the treatment process, if need be. I also co-created a multi-family obesity treatment program and designed a self-monitoring tool tailored for behavioral approaches to medical non-compliance. I presented both at annual conferences for the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Society of Pediatric Psychology (SPP).
During my fellowship at CHLA, I was part of the 'School Age Clinic' – a multidisciplinary team (developmental pediatrician, psychologist, nurse, physical therapist, occupational therapist, and speech/language therapist) that evaluated and made recommendations for children with learning differences (LD), attention disorders (AD/HD), and conduct disorders. It was my role to provide psychological guidance for these children (and their families) and teach medical residents during their rotations.
I grew up watching both my brothers struggle with school due to their learning differences (Dyslexia). However, I also saw how, with the help and guidance of compassionate and caring professionals, they were able to overcome these challenges! It is my goal to continue to be a source of advocacy and guidance for children, teens, and young adults looking to overcome the frustrating challenges of LD and/or AD/HD.
As an instructor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, I took my role as teacher very seriously. I believe that proper physicianship must incorporate ethical medical science but more importantly, it must include compassion and respect towards patients. My great interest in health psychology and quality of life issues led me back to my alma mater. I am honored to have been part of the Doctoring/Clinical Skills 1 Program.
As a Family/Child Psychologist, I provide psychotherapy to the entire family. Depending on the situation, family therapy may be broken down to separate sessions to include the primary caretakers with or without the child or children involved. Each family is unique are can best benefit from a tailored intervention plan!
Providing psychotherapy to individuals (adults, adolescents, or children) is also a great interest of mine. Personal growth and clarification of anxieties, strengths, and goals is part of the incredible therapeutic process!
Please contact me if can be of service to you or those you know.