I am trained in EMDR (eye movement desensitization and reprocessing).  I am excited to share this practice to my psychotherapy sessions with clients.  I have trained in Parts 1, 2 & 3 of Laurel Parnell's Attachment Focused EMDR (Relational, part of Therapy, not just a technique).   ​​

I began working in mental health in 1992 and worked many years in Community Mental Health or with the County of L.A.  I supervised interns and mental health workers for many years and am an experienced Manager.

I operated my private practice on a part time basis for many years, and  transitioned into full-time private practice. 

Books, Videos

Getting Past Your Past, Take Control of your life with Self-help techniques from EMDR therapy,

by Francine Shapiro, PhD

The Body Keeps the Score:Brain,Mind and Body in Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk.

Books/Online videos by Dr. Daniel Amen (brain doctor)

Mindfulness App:

UCLA Mindful (free!)

Recommend for those wanting to learn to meditate and anyone wanting to relax and reduce Anxiety.

Check out utube for videos on IFS therapy (we all have parts including our child self)

Check out utube for videos on Breathing, Meditation, Progressive Muscle Relaxation, and more.

Books by Laurel Parnell such as "Tapping In" A step by step guide to healing with bilateral stimulation (such as used in EMDR therapy)

Mind over Mood, by Dennis Greenberger, Christine Padesky, Aaron Beck, for do it yourself CBT therapy (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)

I recommend "Attached" by Amir Levine, MD. and Rachel S.F. Heller, M.A.  It's about Adult relationships, relating to 3 Attachment styles (based on early parental relationships): Avoidant, Secure, Anxious.

Also, recommend: "Tapping In" by Laurel Parnell, PhD, which is related to EMDR. (a technique you can do on your own)

"Mind over Mood" by Dennis Greenberger, PhD & Christine A. Padesky, PhD for do it yourself Cognitive Therapy,  including worksheets.

I recommend She-ology: The Definitive Guide to Women’s Intimate Health. Period. Excellent health book for women.  By Dr. Sherry A. Ross, a Lesbian Gynecologist.

Gay Men: check out The Velvet Rage by Alan Downs.  


Essential Oils

I recommend Lavendar for relaxation and sleep.   Try Peace and Calming and Stress Away to regulate mood.  Try Peppermint for Alertness, Headaches, and enjoyment.

Make your own air freshner wtih a few drops of oil in water.

Free Resource: 

Use the Library App to check out books both audio and visual online.  LibbyApp

I recommend Lavendar for relaxation.


Watch :

Modern Love, Episode 3.  Mental Health related episode.

"Heal"  on Netflix.  "Explained" episodes on Mindfullness, on Netflix.

Ted Talk with Brene Brown: The Power of Vulnerability.  Find other talks from Brene Brown on U Tube.   Dr. Mario Martinez, Neuroscientist, Mind/Body approach on U Tube.

Check out 

Mindful.org  (mindfulness for peace and calming)

 TracyMcMillan.com for words of wisdom on living and relationships.

Positive Corner

*Do something that brings you joy everyday.

*Write down your worrisome thoughts to get them out of your head.  It works!

*Create a Gratitude list to boost your mood.  Review it daily.

*Become aware of your body sensations.  Feelings are often stored in your body.  Then, do a body scan meditation (check out u tube) or other mindful activity.

*Become aware of your thoughts.  Write them down and share with your therapist.  Notice if they are irrational, negative, catastrophic, or "black or white".