My Background


In addition to my private practice, I teach graduate level clinical skills courses in the psychology department at Antioch University, Santa Barbara, as part of the adjunct faculty. I also work with grieving couples whose child has recently received a diagnosis of developmental disability.family black mom and kids

Prior to graduating from California State University, Sacramento (CSUS), with a Masters in Family Therapy, I trained at the Rape Crisis Center, for three years, providing short and long term trauma-based therapy. Since graduating from CSUS in 1996, I have been involved in several advanced training programs devoted to psychotherapy:

  • Internship at Domestic Violence Solutions, 1998.
  • Five day Immersion Course, Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP), 2004.
  • Fielding Institute, Sam Osherson Fellowship, 2007.
  • AEDP Core Training Supervision group.
  • Numerous psychotherapy conferences focusing on the clinical application and understanding of Attachment Theory.
  • Currently, I am in a PhD program at the Contemporary Psychoanalytic Institute.

From 2004 – 2009, I worked as a staff therapist for St Vincent’s Residential Community for single moms and their children, working with the moms. Immediately following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, I volunteered with the Red Cross to aid survivors in Mississippi, 2005.


I have four children and a loving partner. For relaxation, I enjoy riding my horse, walking, bicycling, movies and time with good friends.


I am a member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT).

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