Like all worthwhile endeavors in life, the path to becoming a psychotherapist and certified coach was long, challenging and incredibly rewarding. They have shaped her into the effective practitioner she is today.
After graduating from Duke University, she earned my master’s in social work from New York University and her license in clinical social work in New York and California., She underwent eight years of specialized training in family and couple therapy at The Ackerman Institute a two-year postgraduate program at Fielding University, for personal coaching. She has completed the National Institute for Psychotherapies psychoanalytic year-long training and completed three levels of training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy. She also completed two levels of training in Trauma Resiliency Model—at the Trauma Institute, and received specialized instruction in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy under Marsha Linehan, PhD, ABPP.
A major highlight of her career was her time at Four Winds Hospital, where she worked with a team of psychiatrists, nurses, and mental health professionals to develop and implement the most effective inpatient treatment plan for a group of latency-age children residing there. Another significant moment was providing group therapy for individuals directly impacted by the 9/11 attacks.
During the process of writing Fortytude, she was inspired by the remarkable women she met and launched a discussion series called Wise Women of LA. Women of diverse backgrounds met and supported one another in achieving major professional and personal goals. She also created Shared Secrets, a podcast amplifying the healing power of shared vulnerability.
Her volunteer work has brought her to many amazing countries, including Rwanda, Bosnia and Haiti. She currently serves as a volunteer therapist for Homeboy Industries, which provides hope, training and support to formerly gang-involved and incarcerated men and women.