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Professional Background & Experience

I am a Clinical Psychologist as well as Psychoanalyst with a private practice here in Pasadena.  I began my training as a Marriage & Family Therapist more than twenty-five years ago.  In 1992, I began practicing in Pasadena as an MFCC and then later as a Clinical Psychologist & Psychoanalyst.  I decided early on that I wanted to pursue broader as well as greater in-depth training, so immediately upon being licensed as a Marriage & Family Therapist, I returned to school and received (in 1995) a Doctorate in Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology.  While pursuing this degree, I had a private clinical practice treating individuals, couples, and families.

While completing my doctoral degree in psychology, I found that in my professional as well as personal life I was continually being presented with complex and perplexing issues that seemed largely beyond my understanding.   Because of this, shortly after receiving my doctorate, I undertook and completed (in 2002) psychoanalytic training at the Psychoanalytic Center of California here in Los Angeles.  This involved an additional six years of training (as well as a personal analysis, both of which I have found invaluable in my personal as well as work life—a work life that involves helping others gain a greater understanding of themselves and in working through their personal and relational difficulties.

Currently, I am a Senior Faculty Member at the institute where I trained as well as a Training & Supervising Analyst at the Newport Psychoanalytic Institute.  Nowadays most of my practice involves individual psychotherapy and psychoanalysis with adults, as well as couples therapy, clinical supervision, and consultation.  I also teach at both institutes.  I am fortunate that I am able to offer a sliding scale to those who need it.