Curriculum Vitae

Education:

M.S. in Counseling, 1999
California State University, Northridge
B.S. in Psychology, 1996
California State University, Northridge
A.A. in Liberal Arts, 1993
Oxnard College

Professional Licensee:

Marriage, Family Therapist in the State of California #MFC 40679

Certified Eating Disorder Specialist by I.A.E.D.P.

Professional Affiliations:

IAEDP-Central Coast Board Member – Current (Past IAEDP-LA Board Member)

  • California Association of Marriage and Family Therapist
  • National Eating Disorder Association
  • International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals

Clinical Experience: Current

Licensed Marriage, Family Therapist; Private Practice; Eating Disorder Specialist

Provides individual, couples and family psychotherapy to adult and adolescent clients specializing in the treatment of eating disorders, depression, childhood trauma, addictions and borderline personality disorders. Educating and consulting in the community on eating disorders. Professional speaker. Detailed evaluations.

Clinical consulting and Start up of Intensive Outpatient Programs

Past Positions

Clinical Director and Program Coordinator of La Ventana Eating Disorder Programs:

Program creation and development. Supervision of staff and scheduling. Over saw treatment planning with a multi-disciplinary team of MFT, LCSW, RD’s. Provided eating disorder assessments and admissions intake. Facilitated groups, family sessions and individual therapy. Public speaker at colleges, professional groups and treatment centers, educating on eating disorders.

Clinical Director and Program Coordinator of A New Journey Eating Disorder Center of Santa Monica

Asst. Vice President of: Eating Disorder Enterprises of California

Development of all polices and procedures of the Intensive Outpatient Eating Disorder Program. Responsible for all operations of the facility and budget. Evaluation and assessments of clients for admission, discharge planning, supervision of clinical staff, utilization review with insurance companies, facilitated groups, and interacted with a multidisciplinary team of professionals. Host to IAEDP-LA events, marketing presentations and many administrative duties.

Clinical Director for Pathways Family Counseling Center

January 2004 to July 2006

Coordinated clinical program, supervise clinical staff; over saw interaction between multidisciplinary team of counselors, dietitians, psychiatrist’s & D.O. Developed and direct innovative treatment programs; conduct clinical evaluations and formulate treatment plans. Provide staff education and training; provide individual, group and family psychotherapy. Speak in the community to raise awareness of eating disorder. Participate in marketing team, administrative duties and scheduling.

Professional Consultant for “Jasmine House

a transitional living environment for Addictions & Eating Disorders in Laguna Beach, CA, 2005

Development of program structure as well as policies and procedures. Advised on staff selection.

Lead Counselor, Rader Programs

Pacific Shores Hospital, December 1999 to December 2003

Developed counseling program and outlined group schedule. Provided didactic lectures and group psychotherapy to adult patients for acute inpatient eating disorder facility; educated family and friends on eating disorders. Part of the quality assurance board.

Individual Counselor

Miracle Recovery Center, 1997 to 1999

Provided individual psychotherapy for non-profit female chemical dependency treatment center with a variety of mental health issues.

Eating Disorder Counselor and Admissions Counselor

Anacapa by the Sea – STEPS, 1995 to 1999

Conducted support group for those with an eating disorder for dual diagnosis/psychiatric treatment facility. Participated in clinical staffing and case presentations with multidisciplinary treatment team. Provided financial counseling and treatment options.

Sample of Speaking Presentations:
Presided as an expert speaker on panels during Eating Disorder Awareness Week Sponsored by the National Eating Disorder Association, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011 “Breaking free from weighing your self-esteem on the scale”

  • The International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals Conference (2002) San Diego IAEDP Chapter Event
  • Foundations Recovery Network, Process Addictions – Dual DX Conference (2009) Central Coast Chapter IAEDP Event (2010) “A.B.C.’s of Eating Disorders”
  • Psychology classes at Ventura College, Channel Islands University.
  • Camarillo High School, Moorpark College, California Lutheran Universality
  • Westmont College in Santa Barbara
  • New Starts for Mom’s (County of Ventura)
  • Employee Assistance Service for Education in Downey
  • Los Angeles. Gay and Lesbian Resource Center

In-services for professional groups and clinical staff

  • “Eating Disorders: Etiology, Assessment, and Treatment”
  • Vista Del Mar Hospital
  • Pepperdine University
  • Cri-Help Treatment Center
  • Milestones Treatment Center
  • Coastline Counseling Center
  • L.A. County – Department of Mental Health: Van Nuys and San Fernando Valley
  • Problems of Addition in Labor & Management Inc.
  • Northridge Hospital
  • Holman & Associates: EAP Group
  • National Association of Mental Illness, L.A.
  • Employee Assistance Services for Education, Los Angeles County
  • “Signs and Symptoms of Eating Disorders” Cable TV Presentation
  • Sober Link Network, L.A. County
  • KADY/Channel 9, Ventura County
  • Coffee Break, Santa Monica city TV
  • Recovery Talk Radio
  • Expert Witness on Family Court, Channel 13, L.A. County
  • Eating Disorder Expert for Ventura County Star News paper
  • Contributor of a chapter in the book “Reflections of ED”, Narrations, Stories & Experiences