About My Clients
I am the owner and Clinical Director of an interdisciplinary Outpatient Treatment Center. Many of our patients have depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, and may have co-occuring substance abuse disorders. We use a combination of psychodynamic, CBT, interpersonal, psychoeducational, group therapy, family therapy, and medication management approaches to provide integrated, comprehensive care for our patients within the same treatment team.
My Background and Approach
I have a doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, I interned at UC San Francisco Medical School, and I completed a postdoctoral fellowship in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder at UCLA. I have a second doctorate and certification in psychoanalysis from the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis in Los Angeles, and I have a Master of Science in Clinical Psychopharmacology from Alliant University, San Francisco. I am licensed as a clinical psychologist in California (PSY7843) and Hawaii (PSY-1976). I am the founder, owner, and Clinical Director of The Arroyos Treatment Centers, a multidisciplinary outpatient treatment center in Pasadena. In my own practice I feel great compassion for people who are suffering from serious, complex psychological conditions where multiple factors play a role in the cause, onset, and course of their condition. I enjoy applying knowledge from different traditions to help these patients lead positive lives.
My Personal Beliefs and Interests
I have a lifelong commitment to learning as much as I can about the causes, pathways, and varied approaches to treatment for patients with serious mental disorders. I believe that psychodynamic, CBT, interpersonal, pharmacological, and other mainstream approaches to the understanding and treatment of these disorders are complimentary rather than contradictory. By integrating and synthesizing knowledge across these various disciplines, we as clinicians can find the most effective wats to alleviate suffering and give patients the lives they should have been able to lead if they had not become ill.