I've always been a curious person and passionate about helping others, so being a psychologist is a natural fit for me. I chose anxiety as a specialization because it is widely prevalent, very treatable, and sometimes preventable. In addition to providing individual therapy, I also enjoy educating the public and other clinicians about anxiety and other mental health concerns.
I completed my undergraduate work at Cornell University and received my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from UCLA. While at UCLA, my focus was on the research, prevention, and treatment of anxiety disorders. At the end of my schooling, I completed my internship at the UCLA counseling center and a postdoctoral fellowship at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Much of this training at my internship and fellowship focused on evidence-based treatments for a variety of psychological concerns, including anxiety and mood disorders.
After completing my training, I was a faculty member and the Director of Adult Behavior Therapy Programs in the Department of Psychiatry at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. In that role, I redesigned their intensive outpatient program so that it included a comprehensive evidence-based group therapy program. I also provided trainings of other faculty in staff in the Department of Psychiatry about evidence-based treatments.
After Cedars, I returned to UCLA to work at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). At CAPS, I was a staff psychologist and Assistant Training Director, where I helped run the training program for psychology doctoral students. During my time at CAPS, I regularly supervised doctoral student therapists and led weekly consultation groups for the counseling staff. Throughout my eight years at UCLA-CAPS, I also provided therapy to hundreds of UCLA undergraduate and graduate students. In individual and group therapy settings, I worked with students with a wide range of concerns, including anxiety, depression, relationship problems, academic concerns, perfectionism, and identity issues. During my time at CAPS, I also had a clinical faculty appointment through the UCLA Department of Psychology.
After UCLA, I held a research and writing position at the US Department of Veterans Affairs for three years. In that role, I co-authored several publications aimed at educating veterans and their families about mental illness. Currently, I see clients in my private practice in Los Angeles and write about anxiety and other mental health issues. I also provide continuing education and consultation to other clinicians.
For fun, I enjoy hiking, yoga, cooking, and geocaching. I am also passionate about environmental issues and volunteer with local environmental organizations.