EastSIDE AFFIRMATIVE PSYCHOTHERAPY
Education & training
I earned a Master's Degree in clinical psychology from Antioch University Los Angeles, with a specialization in LGBT Affirmative Psychotherapy. I completed my clinical training at the Los Angeles LGBT Center, where I conducted therapy with individual clients, and co-facilitated a substance abuse harm reduction group. After completing my clinical training, I was offered a staff position in Mental Health Services performing outreach with the City of West Hollywood in order to connect people experiencing homelessness with social services. Then, I moved to the Sexual Health and Education Program as the Linkage to Care Supervisor. In this position, I supervised a staff of eight, and helped implement a $1 million Los Angeles County grant to provide pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) to those who are uninsured or underinsured. Lastly, I held a position at the Jeffrey Goodman Clinic as a Medical Social Worker providing case management to people living with HIV and AIDS.
After leaving the LGBT Center in 2017, I opened my private practice in Los Feliz, and worked as a primary therapist at La Fuente Hollywood Treatment Center, an LGBT-specific dual diagnosis rehabilitation center in East Hollywood.
My professional background is in entertainment, with 14 years experience as a working actor. I hold a Bachelor's Degree in Theatre Arts (Acting & Directing) from California State University, Long Beach.
SPECIALTIES & AREAS OF WORK
I am passionate about helping people on the LGBTQ+ continuum achieve a wholeness and personhood not mirrored by hetero and cisnormative society. My specialties include working with depression, anxiety, trauma, and addiction. Areas of potential work are coming out, gender identity, HIV/AIDS, sexual compulsivity, harm reduction and recovery, codependency, and intersections of cultural/racial identity. In addition, I work with entertainment industry professionals on short and long-term goals related to self-esteem, business acumen, and transitions out of the business.
FEES & PAYMENT
My rate for individual therapy is $160 for a 50-minute session. For EMDR reprocessing sessions, it is $240 for an 80-minute session.
Cash, checks, and credit/debit cards are accepted at the end of each session.
I do not accept insurance plans directly, but I am happy to provide you with a monthly statement (superbill) of services rendered that you can submit to your insurance company for possible reimbursement. Prior to doing so, I'd recommend contacting your insurance provider to inquire about out-of-network mental health coverage.