About My Clients
Are you a parent whose young child tantrums, has experienced trauma, is defiant, has difficulty with transitions or has gone through family changes such as divorce, separation or loss of a parent? My goal is to help you address these issues by deeply connecting and attuning to your child. I will work with you and your child simultaneously, guiding you through difficult moments with your child so you feel equipped and confident as a parent.
My Background and Approach
I am a relationship focused therapist, meaning that my aim is to strengthen the relationship between you and your child so there are fewer tense moments at home. I can teach you techniques for managing behavior and also do deeper work to help you understand what your child's behavior is trying to communicate. In our first appointment, I'll ask you about your child's behaviors and I'll explain how treatment can help. You will be a key part of your child's treatment, and we'll collaborate every step of the way until your child is better. To give you a background in my expertise, I am fully trained and certified in several evidence based practices, including Parent Child Interaction Therapy and Child Parent Psychotherapy. I am also trained in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. I recently completed the DMH + UCLA Early Childhood Fellowship, where I furthered my learning about early childhood issues and interventions to help young children.
My Personal Beliefs and Interests
I’m originally from southeastern Michigan, and have lived in New York, California, Morocco and Colombia as an adult. I speak Spanish and enjoy learning about cultures different from my own. In 2017, I began a graduate degree in clinical social work at USC, following a lifelong desire for a career that allows me to serve others. In graduate school, I discovered my passion for working with young children (those 0-5 years old) and their parents after learning about how crucial a child's first years of life are to their future. I deeply value diversity. Since I speak Spanish fluently, I can provide therapy in Spanish. I grew up practicing a non dominant religion, and am now a member of a mixed race family. Both experiences have heightened my appreciation of diversity, and have helped me connect with clients from a variety of different backgrounds.