Licensed Clinical-Forensic Psychologist - PsyD
I specialize in adolescent and young adult issues, especially, those concerning addiction/substance abuse, traumatic events, Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender concerns. I also provide parents with consultation on issues concerning their teenagers and young adult children. I focus on addressing the underlying causes and improving symptoms specifically rather than labeling the issues themselves. In doing so, I utilize Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing in order to help my clients reach their personal goals. I offer comprehensive psychological services, including individual, group and family treatment, psychological assessment and evaluation, and consultation. I personalize my services to ensure that each client’s unique needs are met and I incorporate my client’s feedback at every stage of the process.I have worked with many different populations across a variety of treatment settings.
I completed my Post-Doctoral Assistanceship at IBEMED/Healthpointe Medical Clinics, where I provided individual Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing to clients contending with workers compensation claims and personal injury lawsuits. I also oversaw Healthpointe’s neuropsychological testing/neurocognitive assessments and Cognitive Rehabilitation program.
I completed my Pre-Doctoral Internship for Orange County Collaborative Courts’ Juvenile Drug/Recovery Program where I provided adolescents with chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health and legal issues with court-ordered individual and group Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Motivational Interviewing. I also provided the Juvenile Justice Court and Orange County Probation Department with professional clinical-forensic psychological consultation, intensive case management and coordination, and treatment recommendations.
I volunteered as an individual and group therapist at a transitional shelter in Orange County, where I primarily provided individual and group therapy to adult women facing chronic homelessness, mental illness, and discrimination.
I also completed an internship as a mental health evaluator for Orange County’s dependents in conjunction with Social Services as well as a therapist at Orange Coast College’s student health center, a suicide interventionist for IMAlive, the first instant messaging suicide and crisis hotline, and a Program Coordinator for a Mentoring Children of Prisoners program.
I am formally trained in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. I have extensive experience in substance abuse treatment, trauma, gender and sexual identity issues, workers compensation, personal injury, forensic/legal issues, internet addiction, behavioral problems, and maltreatment issues.
I have advanced training in psychological testing, evaluation, and assessment as well as psycho-legal and med-legal consultation, evaluation and treatment. I have also received immersive training in crisis intervention/suicidology, traumatic brain injuries and cognitive rehabilitation training.
Skills and Expertise
Abuse / Survivors of Abuse
Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
Adjustment to College
Adoption / Foster Care Issues
Aging and Geriatric Issues
Child or Adolescent
Chronic Illness or Disability
Chronic Pain or Illness
Elderly Persons Disorders
Family of Origin Issues
Health Illness and Medical Issues
Helplessness and Victimhood
HIV / AIDS
Impulse Control Disorders
Mindfulness based therapy
Navigating Identity in Relationships
Polyamory and Nonmonogamous Relationships
severe mental illness
Sleep or Insomnia
Testing and Evaluation
Trauma and PTSD
Traumatic Brain Injury
Video Game Addiction