Highlights/Experience

I am trained in EMDR (eye movement desensitization 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.

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

Books:


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

by Francine Shapiro, PhD


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.



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.  

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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.

I recommend Lavendar for relaxation.

Information,Films,W​​ebsites

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".

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