Westside Psych, a Group Psychology Practice, was co-founded in 2018 by a team of psychologists who saw a need for comprehensive and high-quality mental health care. We have since expanded our practice to include other mental health professionals and provide training and supervision to pre-licensed therapists. Each of our therapists have unique areas of specialization and expertise, which allows us to collaborate and provide a range of care to individuals, couples, families, and organizations.
We all struggle at some point in life, but therapy is a powerful space where you can grow, learn, and most importantly- feel better. I have watched clients transform through therapy and would be honored to help you. I can help you improve how you handle stress and challenges, manage your emotions, navigate relationships, and feel about yourself. I especially enjoy helping people improve their self-awareness through deep, exploratory work.
I provide a warm, nonjudgmental environment, and my style is active and engaged. I will show up to every session willing to be fully present with you and invested in your growth. I practice combining psychodynamic, third wave cognitive behavioral (specifically ACT), and mindfulness interventions that are supported by research. Together, we will help you make lasting changes by building insight into root causes of your suffering, making sense of your feelings, and developing more helpful patterns of thoughts and behavior.
I have a specialty in reproductive psychology and am passionate about helping people navigate the experiences of infertility and pregnancy loss, and the world of assisted reproduction. It is important to work with a mental health professional who has specific training in this niche, as it is a constantly changing field with regards to treatment options and best standards of practice. I am committed to staying on top of the latest developments in the field so that I can best help you. I am also committed to fighting for reproductive rights, and am proud to work with the LGBTQ+ community and single parents by choice. From a personal perspective, I am deeply connected to the infertility community as I conceived my children using IVF and have experienced pregnancy loss myself.
If you have found yourself on this page, it is likely because you are feeling that some aspect of your life could be better than it is right now—and it can be. Whether you are struggling with relationships or dating, trying to find your purpose in life, or feeling anxious, stressed, or depressed, beginning therapy is often the first step to finding relief. My work is guided by the notion that therapy should be, above all, helpful. Some days, you may find yourself wanting specific techniques, strategies, and tools. Other days, you might benefit most from a patient, listening ear. And, other times, you may wish to delve into earlier experiences to understand why you are feeling the way you do. My perspective is that these are all important aspects to the therapeutic journey, and I am here to help you in the ways that you need most. My approach is one of warmth and genuineness, and is tailored specifically to you. I have a profound belief in the transformative power of a strong therapeutic relationship—one that feels secure, nonjudgmental, and safe. Together, we will focus on helping you develop the insights and tools that lead to long-term, sustainable improvement in your life.
In addition to my work with individuals facing issues such as anxiety and depression, I also hold specialties in the following areas: maternal mental health, parenting, and child/adolescent therapy. I view all of these as being inherently interconnected and am deeply passionate about working with mothers throughout all stages—pregnancy, becoming new or second-time parents, navigating the postpartum period, adjusting to the identity of motherhood, and parenting across all ages and stages, from toddler tantrums to adolescent angst. When I work directly with children and adolescents, we lay the groundwork for long-term change, while also developing tools that can be used to cope in the present moment and build resiliency. We will always work closely together to create a complete therapy plan that benefits your family.
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If you are feeling overwhelmed, anxious, or inadequate, I can help you. If you find yourself making the same choices despite wanting different outcomes, I can help you. I provide a safe, nonjudgmental space so that you can better understand yourself, your relationships, and your patterns of behavior. Together, we will discover root causes to current problems and directly address the underlying source of distress so that change is effective and long-lasting. In addition to gaining more self-awareness, you will be able to create a new narrative for yourself and learn skills that will translate from the therapy room to the outside world. I use an integrative approach to therapy, which combines relational, emotion-focused, and evidence-based practices. My style is collaborative, warm, empathic, and authentic. I am passionate about the work I do and am deeply committed to your care.
In addition to providing therapy, I am also a contributing writer, speaker, and consultant for television and film productions.
I am a firm believer that everyone can benefit from therapy. Rather than viewing my clients as sick, I view them as stuck in unhelpful patterns of behavior, thoughts, and relationships. Through a therapeutic relationship characterized by safety and trust, together we can help you to tap into your inner strengths and resources, and enact meaningful change in your life. My personal style is characterized by warmth, authenticity, and a commitment to understanding you as a whole person. I incorporate the latest evidence-based techniques, with a strong focus on the therapeutic relationship and building insight. At every session, I will meet you where you are, and work collaboratively with you to get where you want to be.
My areas of specialization include anxiety, depression, relationship issues/dating, sexual assault/trauma and disordered eating/body image issues. I especially enjoy supporting and empowering women through periods of transition, whether that be a career transition, moving to a new city, or relationship changes. Additionally, I specialize in working with couples from an attachment perspective using Emotion Focused Couples Therapy (EFCT). This approach is focused on helping couples to understand what is at the root of their conflict, shift their patterns of communication, and deepen their connection with one another. I have successfully supported both married and unmarried couples, LGBTQ+ couples, and interracial couples. Both in my work with individuals and couples, I am deeply committed to creating an environment that supports inclusivity and respect for all forms of diversity.
It can be hard to find places where we are seen, and can see ourselves, with accuracy and empathy. It can be even harder to ask for help. I would be honored to provide you with that space and to walk alongside you as we explore your most important concerns. If you are a young adult finding your identity in the world, a couple seeking deeper connection, or if you are facing grief and/or life transition, I can help. My style is relational, present-focused, and relaxed. I am gently curious about what comes up in the mind and body in any given moment, without pressure or judgement. Going at your pace is crucial to good therapy. I also believe that good therapy is guided by your knowledge, your language and your vision. You know yourself best. Together, we’ll establish an empowered space where we will expand upon your innate strengths (including those you may not see yet!) and build your support systems as we work toward the changes you seek. I'd love to learn about your goals for therapy and what matters to you.
Supervised by Candace Burnham, Psy.D. (PSY-29454) & Traci Bank Cohen Psy.D. (PSY-29418)
I hold a foundational belief that each person seeking therapy possesses the potential to improve their lives and the resilience to overcome their challenges. My job as your therapist is to create the optimal environment to explore your feelings while also providing you with tools to diminish distress around the experience. I am humbled to participate in your process of self discovery and healing, and I approach our time together from a place of genuine curiosity and enthusiasm. I work with anxiety disorders, general anxiety, relationship issues, and with people experiencing life transitions. I integrate psychodynamic theories, Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT), and solution-based therapy. I also utilize mindfulness and somatic techniques. I am LGBTQIA+ affirming and sex positive.
Reaching out for help is courageous and intimidating. Who you choose to invite into your journey is a very important decision. That’s why I believe the strength of the therapeutic relationship is essential for transformation, empowerment, and healing to take place. I utilize my empathetic and relational oriented style to form authentic alliances during this life changing work.
I use approaches from evidence-based theories including psychodynamic, CBT and feminist theory. Our environments influence us heavily which is why I observe each human experience uniquely through the lenses of societal and cultural realities. I can partner with you to build insight towards yourself, identify strengths, develop coping skills, improve relationships, live in accordance to your values, increase holistic health and improve overall functioning.
I have extensive experience working in a wide variety of behavioral health settings. I am passionate about approaching care through a holistic lens taking into account each individual’s physical, emotional and spiritual health. Additionally, I can work with your medical provider to support comprehensive care.
I am firmly committed to providing culturally informed care while honoring all identity markers. I strive to create a safe space for everyone including the LGBTQIA+ community, differently abled folks, and people of color.