The power of relationship and connection has always been the driving force behind my work and life. Choosing psychotherapy as a profession is a natural expression of my passion and commitment. As someone who is very sensitive and intuitive, I can relate deeply to the experience of babies and young children. And as a mother to two daughters who inspire and humble me daily, I can profoundly empathize with the parenting experience.

Professionally, I received a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan and became a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in California in 1998. For most of my career I have focused on helping families thrive. I worked in local family service agencies for more than a decade, where I developed expertise in infant mental health and foster care and adoption. In these settings I expanded my understanding of early childhood development and health by working alongside pediatric nurses and child development specialists.

Personally, I adopted both of my daughters, so I understand first hand the adoptive parent experience, as well as the process of domestic infant adoption and adoption through the foster care system.

After becoming a parent I decided to transition into a private psychotherapy practice in order to have more flexibility with balancing career and family. I am grateful that I can integrate my career and family, enriching my knowledge and experience as a parent and as a psychotherapist.