I have over 20 years of private practice experience with children, teens, adults, and families; specializing in the unique challenges of children and parenting in today’s modern fast-paced digital world.
My past experience includes The Sycamores in Pasadena California with (SED) children who were unable to attend public school because of discipline and emotional problems where I taught training sessions for the teachers, staff, and parenting.
I interned at The Switzer Center in Torrance, California, for one year. My responsibilities consisted of therapy for Severely Emotionally Disturbed, Abused, Learning and Developmentally Disabled Children, ages 7 to 20, for which I provided therapy, case management and psychological assessments and evaluations, including achievement and another educational testing as well as testing for Attention Deficit and other childhood learning disabilities and disorders.
I completed my pre-directorial internship, in private practice, in the Community Counseling Center at Cerritos, as a psychological assistant where I provided psychotherapy with children, ages 5 to 22, parents, family therapy, couple’s therapy. I taught parenting classes, conducted group therapy sessions and worked with the Victim’s Witness Program in Cerritos in conjunction with the Cerritos and Los Angeles Police Department. At this clinic, I worked with differing disorders including personality disorders, substance abuse, child abuse, psychosis, and developmental disorders.
My first pre-doctoral internship was at Cedars-Sinai Medical where I worked in the therapeutic nursery school with SED children and their families.
While attending post-graduate school to receive my degrees, I ran a daycare for special needs children from my home. These were physically or mentally handicapped children that needed specialized care while the parents were at work. I ran this daycare for three years and gained valuable experience with autism, ADD, and developmentally challenged children.
Before that, I trained for and ran a Montessori class for first and second-grade children. It was a five year period which gave me a good basis for the training and education of children and their parents.
Finally, I have successfully raised two children of my own and they excelled at school, despite a language disorder, and both have a very positive outlook and solid experience with life. I am still married to their father with a strong love and feel that I know what a functional family should be like because of all our positive experiences.