I am a licensed clinical psychologist serving SANTA BARBARA, CA with a specialization in the treatment of eating disorders and anxiety disorders.
In my private practice, I routinely conduct psychotherapy for anorexia, bulimia, binge eating disorder, emotional eating, compulsive exercise, and body image disturbance and dissatisfaction. Anxiety disorders commonly treated include generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and related anxiety issues.
Other areas of emphasis in my private practice are therapy for sexual assault/ trauma, addictive behaviors (related, for example, to food, internet/technology overuse, self-destructive relationships), other relationship issues, developmental challenges, and child, family, and parenting issues.
TYPES OF SERVICES AND POPULATIONS SERVED
I provide psychotherapy and psychological services to children (early adolescence and up) and adults. I work with individuals, couples, families, and parents. To complement my private practice, I also offer consulting services to schools and other organizations and agencies on psychological concerns and topics.
My approach to therapy is psychodynamic, with the goal of helping people to know themselves and the issues underlying their present difficulties more deeply. Additionally, I draw on techniques from other schools of psychological thought (e.g. cognitive-behavioral) to translate insights into action. This approach hastens symptom relief and is change-oriented. In other words, I help people to understand themselves and to incorporate their understanding to changing dysfunctional patterns and maladaptative coping so they can live more healthy and full lives.