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I am a licensed clinical psychologist with over 25 years of clinical experience specializing in the rapid resolution of psychological symptoms. Often referred to as one of the best psychologists in Los Angeles, if you are looking for excellence and discretion, you have come to the right place.
In addition to my private practice, I hold an appointment as a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and have been rated as one of UCLA's best clinical professors.
Current Professional Work
I maintain a private practice in Los Angeles, California (with offices near UCLA and Beverly Hills) where I treat individuals and couples via weekly or monthly psychotherapy sessions. I also provide therapy for out-of-town patients. In these cases, the entire course of treatment is generally conducted in three-to-four hour sessions which are customized and occur on a semi-regular basis
My work with patients is active and focused; it is based on full collaboration. My goals are to remove psychiatric symptoms and to help people regain or achieve their highest level of functioning as quickly as possible.
Based on my love of teaching, I concentrate on supervising, lecturing and conducting clinical training groups for mental health professionals in the US and abroad who wish to achieve more success with patients or learn Intensive Short-term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP). In addition, I teach a 1-2 year course on ISTDP and Accelerated Psychotherapy for UCLA psychiatry residents and faculty at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine.
My passion for teaching is irrepressible and resulted in my being honored with the Distinguished Teaching Award by the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences for my “Outstanding Clinical Faculty Teaching” at the David Geffen School of Medicine.
Educational and Professional Training
I obtained my undergraduate degree from the University of California at Berkeley where I was a University Merit Scholar and a recipient of a Presidential Undergraduate Fellowship. I subsequently earned a Masters degree and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). My post-degree professional training includes 25 years of clinical experience.
I have been specializing in ISTDP since 1998. I pursued training in many accelerated models of individual and couples psychotherapy, interpersonal neurobiology, emotion regulation techniques and mindful parenting from talented scholars and clinicians including: Allan Abbass, Habib Davanloo, Jon Frederickson, Josette ten Have-de Labije, Robert Neborsky, Pat Ogden, Allan Schore, Daniel J. Siegel, and Marion F. Solomon.